On Thu, Mar 10, 2005 at 03:42:04PM -0800, Ed Martini wrote:
> I'm trying to get 2.6.11 to run on a MIPS Malta board with Yamon. The
> kernel that comes with the board is 2.4.18 with an embedded ramdisk that
> runs some scripts to install RPMS via NFS or CD-ROM. The kernel is
> converted to s-records via objcopy(1), and loaded into memory via tftp.
> I want to do something similar with 2.6.latest.
> On or about Nov 21 of last year, the CONFIG_EMBEDDED_RAMDISK disappeared.
> In it's place it is suggested to use the tools in arch/mips/boot, so I
> tried it. I can cross-compile the kernel, and I get an ELF vmlinux. I
> can convert it to ecoff with elf2ecoff, and attach an initrd image with
> addinitrd. The problem begins here. I end up with an ecoff format
> kernel which is not recognized by objcopy(1), and therefore no s-records.
I guess that was an act of desperation - YAMON needs SRECs to be happy
but doesn't know anything about SRECs.
> It seems there is a program called gensrec that would do the job, but
> google doesn't want to tell me where to get it. Some IRIX binary perhaps?
make vmlinux.srec; the resulting file will be in arch/mips/boot/vmlinux.srec.
> Should I put CONFIG_EMBEDDED_RAMDISK and its ilk back into my kernel, or
> write an ELF version of addinitrd? Other ideas?
Things vanish for a reason ... Try CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE instead.