status of linuxppc_2_4_devel for ppc405gp

David Gibson david at
Fri Aug 24 11:41:54 EST 2001

On Thu, Aug 23, 2001 at 01:08:18PM +0200, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> >>I'm now able to run a very simple binary as init - basically "Hello,
> >>world!" implemented with one write() syscall, and none of the libc
> >>initialisation junk present.  A one write hello world with the normal
> >>crt0 (statically linked) fails.
> >
> >Ok. So this would mean the problem is with the libc junk ? Hrm.
> >I didn't trace that far yet, but I suspect the libc I've been
> >using (the "normal" 6xx one) lacks some cache stuffs. I'm
> >pretty convinced that we must inval the entire instructions cache
> >each time we used to do icbi's (either that or handle the cache
> >aliasing issues specific to the 405GP weird icache design).
> >
> >I'll do more experiments later today.
> I found at least one other problem: The kernel is happily doing
> tlbie's on the 405 (which doesn't support them). Among other places,
> calls to flush_HPTE are turned into _tlbie which is not redefined
> to do a tlbia, causing at least ioremap to break.

Ah yes, I ran into that one when I started converting the ppc405_enet
driver to use ioremap() and in_beXX() instead of the godawful mess of
direct access and explicit eieio()s it uses now.

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