looking for documentation on porting Linux to PowerPC platforms

Chris Zimman chris at cryptoapps.com
Fri Dec 6 05:35:09 EST 2002

On Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 10:48:56AM +0200, Abraham vd Merwe wrote:
> I've got a VxWorks boot loader on the thing, so I'm not worrying about a
> boot loader right now. I just need to know what I need to setup before
> branching to the processor. Looking at the source for the 8xx processors, it
> seems I need:

I've never looked at the VxWorks boot loader, so I'm not sure how it
does things.

> ------------< snip <------< snip <------< snip <------------
> r3: ptr to board info data
> r4: initrd_start or if no initrd then 0
> r5: initrd_end - unused if r4 is 0
> r6: start of command line string
> r7: end of command line string
> ------------< snip <------< snip <------< snip <------------
> Is that all? Also, what is the "board info data" ?

bd_t contains parameters for the kernel (eg. start of memory, size,
start of flash, etc.).

> I downloaded ppc-patch-2.4.18.bz2 from
> ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/ports/ppc - is that sufficient or is
> there better support in the BK repository?

You'd probably be best getting the code from the BK repository.  Again,
what you most likely want is 2.4.x + platforms.


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