Booting Linux from Flash

Brendan Simon brendan at
Tue Apr 13 13:57:20 EST 1999

I want to run Linux (linuxppc) on a custom MPC860 board with 32MB DRAM
and 2-4MB of Flash.  This is pure memory mapped flash (not ide

What do I need to build and boot an embedded linux system ?

1) Cross Compiler:  I have egcs-1.1b built from the RTEMS build scripts
for powerpc.

2) C libraries:  Do I need these and how are they compiled ?  Is newlib
or glibc required ?

3) Kernenl sources:  How to cross compile ?  Is it as simple as
CC=powerpc-eabi-gcc & make ?

4) What about support executables like init, bash/ash/sh ?  Are the
sources included with the kernel or do I have to get them elsewhere and
compile them with the cross compiler ?

5) I guess I need to write a bootloader.  What does the bootloader have
to do and how do I pass parameters to the kernel ?

6) If I have a root file system image compressed in Flash, how does it
get uncompressed into RAM.  How do I tell the kernel where the root FS
is ?

Brendan Simon.

PS.  Are there any HOWTOs which cover booting from Flash (not Flash IDE

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