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Re: initrd problem

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Subject: Re: initrd problem
From: "colin" <colin@realtek.com.tw>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 14:31:14 +0800
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Hi Kumba,
I used your patch for 2.6.11 on MIPS kernel, and found that it lost the
definition "kernel_physaddr".
Could you tell me where is it?

Regards,
Colin



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Ed Martini wrote:
> Background:
>
> 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.
>
> Problem:
>
> On or about Nov 21 of last year, the CONFIG_EMBEDDED_RAMDISK disappeared.
>
> http://www.linux-mips.org/archives/linux-mips/2004-11/msg00135.html
>
> 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.
>
> 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?
>
> Solution?
>
> Should I put CONFIG_EMBEDDED_RAMDISK and its ilk back into my kernel, or
> write an ELF version of addinitrd?  Other ideas?
>
> Thanks in advance.

The future is purportedly in the feature known as initramfs.  See the file
Documentation/early-userpace/README for more details on how that is supposed
to work.

That said, I tried initramfs a few times, but either due to lack of
understanding, or broken support code in 2.6.10, I couldn't get it to
properly
load an initrd bundled in, so I forward-ported a patch I wrote that
originally
fixed CONFIG_EMBEDDED_RAMDISK to work with any ABI to 2.6.10, and it worked
rather well.  I'm sticking with this method until I find more/better docs on
how to use initramfs properly.

If you're interested, the patch I use can be found here:
http://dev.gentoo.org/~kumba/mips/misc/misc-2.6.10-add-ramdisk-back.patch
[2.6.10]
http://dev.gentoo.org/~kumba/mips/misc/misc-2.6.11-add-ramdisk-back.patch
[2.6.11]


--Kumba



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