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Re: No bzImage target for MIPS

To: Florian Lohoff <flo@rfc822.org>
Subject: Re: No bzImage target for MIPS
From: Ralf Baechle <ralf@oss.sgi.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 18:32:49 -0200
Cc: Keith Owens <kaos@melbourne.sgi.com>, Karsten Merker <karsten@excalibur.cologne.de>, linux-mips@oss.sgi.com
In-reply-to: <20011215124604.GE23167@paradigm.rfc822.org>; from flo@rfc822.org on Sat, Dec 15, 2001 at 01:46:04PM +0100
References: <20011215093101.A256@excalibur.cologne.de> <20472.1008407699@ocs3.intra.ocs.com.au> <20011215124604.GE23167@paradigm.rfc822.org>
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On Sat, Dec 15, 2001 at 01:46:04PM +0100, Florian Lohoff wrote:

> > target, like elf, srec and bin.  To that end, I looked at moving
> > elf2ecoff and addinitrd to an arch independent directory so everybody
> > could use those tools, alas both contain mips specific code.  Any idea
> > how much work is required to make elf2ecoff and addinitrd into generic
> > utilities?  Is it worth the effort or should they stay as mips only?
> 
> Last i had a look elf2ecoff and addinitrd were not really nice
> recovering from toolchain problems like pages of null between sections
> which was a common fault a couple months back. This lead to addinitrd
> not beeing able to attach a ramdisk that the kernel would be able to
> find it. 
> 
> BTW: Shouldn't objcopy be able to convert an ELF into an ECOFF ?

In theory yes, in practice that was found to be so problematic that we
just gave up and use those NetBSD tools.

  Ralf

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