Would setting the CONFIG_RTC option break the powerpc kernel on your machine ?

Sven Luther sven.luther at wanadoo.fr
Tue Dec 23 03:48:22 EST 2003

On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 09:33:15AM -0700, Tom Rini wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 05:26:01PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 09:10:42AM -0700, Tom Rini wrote:
> > > > Also, the todc code knows about many RTC chips, among them, the MC146818
> > > > seems to be the one used by the rtc.h stuff, and seems to be a generic
> > > > legacy RTC chip or something. he one i have, builtin the VIA VT8231
> > > > southbridge is said to be called VT82887, altough i have no docs of
> > > > those, but the header files found in 2.6 concord. But i seem to have
> > > > some additional DATE_ALARM, MONTH_ALARM and CENTURY_FIELD registers not
> > > > found int the MC146818 header file.
> > >
> > > I appologize since I ramble a bit too much.  For 2.4, the best fix is
> > > (1) above.  For 2.6 however, it should be possible to remove chrp_time.c
> > > and use todc_time.c instead (it is self-contained, wrt nvram read/write,
> > > iirc) and do some sub-casing to pick the right RTC chip code to use.
> > > For example on PReP we still case between the two different chips, and
> > > just call todc_init (iirc) with a different param.  Or something along
> > > those lines.
> >
> > Ok, i have looked more, and the MC146818 is ok for my box. don't know
> > about other chrp boxes though.
> >
> > There is also the todc code in the 2.4 tree though, so it should also be
> > possible to do it this way, or would it not ?
> It would be possible, but it would be more intrusive for a stable
> series.

Ok, i will do it the rtc.h way then, and see what happens.

> > Anyway, i will submit a patch against 2.4.23 (from linuxppc_2_4, but it
> > may also include the pegasos patches Ben has had no time to checkin)
> > tomorrow.
> >
> > Next thing i need is a solution for builtin initrd's of bigger sizes.
> > 1.4Mo seem to work, but 2.2Mo break somehow (no init found, but if the
> > initrd is uncompressed to some partition, it work fine).
> which code subset under arch/ppc/boot does pegasos use?

it is mostly a chrp, except for a few lines patch needed for things as
pci indirection and other such.

> Does it really have OpenFirmware?

Yeah, and i even have the source of it (not free software though). OF
coding is a nightmare though.

> I've booted large ramdisks in the past from the
> arch/ppc/boot/simple/ stuff (And prep/) but I believe that chrp/pmac


> place the initrd at a location high in memory, have holes to deal with,

Mmm, indeed the initrd is moved to RAM_END - initrd_size by
arch/ppc/boot/chrp/main.c:chrpboot, where RAM_END is defined as 64<<20
(which is 64Mo and i have 128Mo). the pmac chrp boot uses only 16<<20.

Mmm, maybe arch/ppc/kernel/setup.c:plafrom_init does contain only stuff
for prep, not chrp, not sure, chrp_init.c in chrp_setup.c does use r6
and r7 for determining the initrd location and size.

Actually, i don't really know enough about this to fix this issue alone,
i have no knowledge of the holes you speak about for example :((

Time for more kernel source reading then :))

> etc, etc, while simple/ and prep/ (more or less) just ignore the
> firmware once it's up.

Mmm I didn't know about simple, what subarches use that one exactly ?


Sven Luther

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