[PATCH 1/3] powerpc: Relocate prom_init.c on 64bit

Anton Blanchard anton at samba.org
Wed Dec 5 11:07:23 EST 2012

Hi Ben,

> My only potential objection was that it might have been cleaner to
> actually build prom_init.c as a separate binary alltogether and piggy
> back it...

Yeah, I went through a number of options before settling on this one.

Move prom_init.c into arch/powerpc/boot

- 32 bit environment fits well with 32 bit OF interface
- Clear separation enforced between prom_init.c and rest of kernel
- Can build boot wrapper -mrelocatable, similar to ppc32 kernel

- tools that assume we can boot a vmlinux will break.
  - distro bootloader tools
  - provisioning and test environments 
- profiling and debugging tools that currently use a vmlinux will break
  - oprofile, perf
- Places more pressure on already fragile early memory map
  - have to uncompress the zImage somewhere in the RMO
- prom_init.c needs to pull in quite a lot of kernel headers
  - seemed difficult to force them to build 32 bit
- Increased simulator boot times due to uncompress stage

Build prom_init.c 32 bit and attach the vmlinux as a binary blob.

This means a vmlinux will be bootable, but profiling tools still wont

Build prom_init.c 32 bit, tack it onto the end of the vmlinux and
add a trampoline at the start of the vmlinux.

This means a vmlinux will be bootable and profiling tools will work
against it. Even so it feels gross to me.


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