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Re: Replacing the Console driver

To: Phil Hopely <>
Subject: Re: Replacing the Console driver
From: William Jhun <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 16:12:27 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: "John D. Davis" <>, Debian MIPS list <>, SGI MIPS list <>
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Hi Phil :o),

The only problem with pure emulation is writing a good emulator for an
MMU. I wrote a SPARC V8 instruction set emulator a year ago and stopped
around the time I had to face the fact that a direct virtual->physical
mapping would no longer be of any use. (also the semester started again
:o). Not that it's not possible, but it's difficult and would require a
mapping with every memory access (being very slow). However, a little
creative help from the kernel and some creative mmap()ing might do the job
(you can request a specific linear address with mmap()). If anyone knows
some good methods for doing this, please inform! (and I might finish that
emulator :o)


On Wed, 25 Jul 2001, Phil Hopely wrote:

> I do not know if you have examined any of the current open source emulation
> projects that exist, but I believe
> you might be interested to examine or
> They have a cpu core for mips emulation, I believe it may only be r3000
> though?..
> Also, there exist numerous open-source playstation emulators, which I believe
> are r3000 based too...
> The mame & mess projects are matured open-source projects that have been 
> ported
> across the universe, they're really pretty cool, this work would be a likely 
> fit
> with the mess project.
> If you implement by way of pure emulation, you'd not need to change the kernel
> at all?
> Phil
> "John D. Davis" wrote:
> > I am modifying the linux kernel to be able to be run by a simulator.  I
> > need to modify the console driver and interrupt handler.  I have been
> > going through the various files, console.*, tty.* and the serial files to
> > see how to interface to the console.  I have also read some kernel korner
> > articles, but they seem a little out of date.  Is there any other
> > recommended documentation on the console driver and how it works on an
> > indy? I am trying to sort out the low-level interfaces from the
> > higher-level ones.  I just need to change the low-level interface from
> > using the hardware to using the simulator interface.
> >
> > thanks,
> > john
> >
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