[PATCH openbmc 12/16] image-types_uboot: Package a self contained netboot image

OpenBMC Patches openbmc-patches at stwcx.xyz
Fri Jul 1 09:50:29 AEST 2016

From: Milton Miller <miltonm at us.ibm.com>

Create a cpio containing the base read-only image, and create a
single combined initramfs image consisting of the image-rofs
and the existing initramfs.

There has been a desire to have a self contained netboot image present
for developer testing and experimentation.   The init script already
supports having the rofs layer sourced from a file packaged into the
initramfs, and will use it if found.

While this image will not fit in the current flash layout in
the initrd space, it will load over the network.  This method
leaves the squashfs compressed in RAM, decompreses is invoked as
needed at runtime, trading boot time and memory space for runtime
decompress on demand.  This will also give similar file access
overheads and performance to reading the data from flash.

Because the rofs is already compressed with xz compression,
don't try to compress this cpio (the cpio packaging adds about 40
bytes of ascii before and after, plus some alignment padding).
Because the kernel requires uncompressed cpios to appear on a
4-byte boundary with 0 byte fill between archives, place this
cpio first in the combined image.

Signed-off-by: Milton Miller <miltonm at us.ibm.com>
 meta-phosphor/classes/obmc-phosphor-image_types_uboot.bbclass | 10 ++++++++++
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)

diff --git a/meta-phosphor/classes/obmc-phosphor-image_types_uboot.bbclass b/meta-phosphor/classes/obmc-phosphor-image_types_uboot.bbclass
index 67a389f..dd990bc 100644
--- a/meta-phosphor/classes/obmc-phosphor-image_types_uboot.bbclass
+++ b/meta-phosphor/classes/obmc-phosphor-image_types_uboot.bbclass
@@ -51,6 +51,8 @@ do_generate_flash() {
+       rofsimg=rofs.${IMAGE_BASETYPE}.cpio
+       netimg=initramfs-netboot.cpio
        if [ ! -f $ddir/$kernel ]; then
               bbfatal "Kernel file ${ddir}/${kernel} does not exist"
@@ -94,4 +96,12 @@ do_generate_flash() {
        tar -h -cvf ${ddir}/${MACHINE}-${DATETIME}.all.tar -C ${ddir} image-bmc
        tar -h -cvf ${ddir}/${MACHINE}-${DATETIME}.tar -C ${ddir} image-u-boot image-kernel image-initramfs image-rofs image-rwfs
+       # Package the root image (rofs layer) with the initramfs for net booting.
+       # Uses the symlink above to get the desired name in the cpio
+       ( cd $ddir && echo image-rofs | cpio -oHnewc -L > ${rofsimg} )
+       # Prepend the rofs cpio -- being uncompressed it must be 4-byte aligned
+       cat ${ddir}/${rofsimg} ${ddir}/${initrd} > ${ddir}/${netimg}
+       oe_mkimage  "${netimg}" "${INITRD_CTYPE}"

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