On Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 08:26:34PM -0500, Charles Lepple wrote:
> The PPC board that I used would not load ELF images with extra sections,
> so I resurrected some code that would convert the ramdisk (and gzipped
> vmlinux, actually -- I'm not sure if the MIPS code does anything like
> this) into assembly 'define word' statements, assemble the resulting
> file, and link it in. The file had symbols for initrd_start & _length,
> and the assembly was surprisingly quick. The ramdisk, in effect, became
> part of the data section of the kernel image (zImage, actually).
In which case the PPC's ELF loader is hopless broken. An ELF loader is
a quite simple thing, it only needs to process all the PT_LOAD entries
in the programm header table, done.
PS: negativezero.org - I thought one's complement machines are dead
by now ;-)