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authorUwe Hermann <>2007-10-18 00:29:05 +0000
committerUwe Hermann <>2007-10-18 00:29:05 +0000
commit67808fe9ca2ea2300838333e7090eed2e24a2e4f (patch)
treeb61a197e60bd43a3f4718dc4faec582ecaafaf80 /flashrom.8
parent6b44496c562b4c4be1ea32c7122904095210b33f (diff)
Documentation fixes and updates
Corresponding to flashrom svn r153 and coreboot v2 svn r2875. Signed-off-by: Uwe Hermann <> Acked-by: Uwe Hermann <>
Diffstat (limited to 'flashrom.8')
1 files changed, 21 insertions, 14 deletions
diff --git a/flashrom.8 b/flashrom.8
index 6725b37..1803bf8 100644
--- a/flashrom.8
+++ b/flashrom.8
@@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
-.TH FLASHROM 8 "December 20, 2006"
+.TH FLASHROM 8 "October 18, 2007"
flashrom \- a universal flash programming utility
@@ -6,24 +6,23 @@ flashrom \- a universal flash programming utility
[\fB-m\fR vendor:part] [\fB-l\fR file.layout] [\fB-i\fR image_name] [file]
.B flashrom
-is a universal flash programming utility for flash chips
-(e.g. in DIP or PLCC packaging). It can be used to flash BIOS images,
-for example.
+is a universal flash programming utility for DIP, PLCC, or SPI flash ROM
+chips. It can be used to flash BIOS/LinuxBIOS/firmware images, for example.
If no file is specified, then all that happens
is that flash info is dumped and the flash chip is set to writable.
.B "\-r, \-\-read"
-Read flash and save contents into file.
+Read flash ROM contents an save them into the given file.
.B "\-w, \-\-write"
Write file into flash (default when file is specified).
.B "\-v, \-\-verify"
-Verify flash against file.
+Verify the flash ROM contents against the given file.
.B "\-E, \-\-erase"
-Erase flash device.
+Erase the flash device.
.B "\-V, \-\-verbose"
More verbose output.
@@ -38,16 +37,25 @@ Exclude start position. (obsolete)
Exclude end postion. (obsolete)
.B "\-m, \-\-mainboard" <vendor:part>
-Override mainboard settings.
+Override mainboard settings. This option is needed for some mainboards,
+see the
+.B flashrom
+README for a list.
.B "\-f, \-\-force"
-Force write without checking image.
+Force write without checking whether the ROM image file is really meant
+to be used on this board.
+Note: This check only works while LinuxBIOS is running, and only for those
+boards where the LinuxBIOS code supports it.
.B "\-l, \-\-layout" <layout.file>
Read ROM layout from file.
.B "\-i, \-\-image" <name>
-Only flash image name from flash layout.
+Only flash image
+.B <name>
+from flash layout.
.B "\-h, \-\-help"
Show a help text and exit.
@@ -55,13 +63,12 @@ Show a help text and exit.
.\".B "\-\-version"
.\"Show version information and exit.
-Please report any bugs at
+Please report any bugs at,
+or on the LinuxBIOS mailing list (
.B flashrom
is covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 2 or later.
-.BR romcc (1),
-.BR abuild (1).
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