XZ compressed zImage support
oohall at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 18:10:30 AEST 2016
This series adds support for using XZ compression in addition to gzip in the
kernel boot wrapper. Currently this is only enabled for 64bit Book3S processors
since it seems that some embedded platforms rely on uBoot (or similar) to
decompress the image rather than having the kernel decompress itself. Enabling
it for other platforms should be fairly straight forward though.
Supporting other compression algorithms (like ARM and x86 do) is possible, but
painful. Each algorithm includes some kernel headers even when the #defines
that are supposed to make them usable in a pre-boot environment are set.
Including kernel headers is an issue because on powerpc the boot wrapper is
compiled with a different toolchain and possibly for a different target for
backwards compatibility reasons*. This makes it difficult to include kernel
headers since the include paths, etc are not setup for BOOTCC.
This can be worked around by rewriting parts of the each decompressor with sed
scripts, but the rewriting requried is specific to each decompressor.
*powermacs have 32bit firmware that cannot directly load a 64bit kernel. A 64
bit big endian kernel has a 32bit wrapper to work around this. On 64bit little
endian we don't have this legacy problem so the wrapper is also 64bit little
endian, but the toolchain issues are still there.
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