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Re: porting arcboot

Subject: Re: porting arcboot
From: Vivien Chappelier <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 15:37:16 +0100 (CET)
Cc: Guido Guenther <>
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> P.S.: you didn't cc: linux-mips, feel free to forward this mail there if
> appropriate

It's just I forgot the Reply-all :)
I'll look into what you mention and how to implement it tonight.


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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 14:38:06 +0100
From: Guido Guenther <>
To: Vivien Chappelier <>
Subject: Re: porting arcboot

On Mon, Feb 10, 2003 at 01:49:49PM +0100, Vivien Chappelier wrote:
> Yes, that's what we do already. I was speaking of arcboot load address,
> sorry this wasn't very clear :)
That's actually not what we do, at least not consistently. We parse the
load address from the elf header but also assume a reserved space
(reserver_base/reserve_size in loader.c).

> > In case we find a unique place for arcboot in the memory map of the
> > different subarches.
> On the O2 physical memory starts from KSEG0 (0x80000000), the kernel is
> loaded there for 32-bit version or in XKPHYS (0x9800000000000000) for the
> 64-bit version. I don't really know where the PROM code and data is
> located precisely, but loading something (arcboot or a kernel) at
> 0x88000000 as with ip22 is not an option; the PROM says something like
I don't have the Indy's documentation around but I think the space between
0x80000000 and 0x88000000 is reserved for EISA (which only the I2
actually has). Anyways, I'd be nice to get rid of reserve_{base,size}
first, we could then build a unique loader and maybe simply adjust the
loader's load address using objcopy upon installation in the vh, so we
get away with a single binary for 32bit.

> 'loading there would overwrite an existing program'. Why is kernel/arcboot
> loaded at 0x88000000 on ip22? Is KSEG0 an option for ip22?
> BTW, what's the status of mips64/ip22? I guess the PROM doesn't support
Don't know, wanted to look at this together with getting 2.5 a bit further but
my Indys hard disk went up in flames a week a ago (hard disks are
currently failing around me like crazy).
> 64-bit as on the ip32, so arcboot with 64-bit support would be needed as
> well, right?
Thiemo told me that his R10k I2s PROM only loads 64bit executables.
Don't know if the rest of IP22 can laod 64bit executables at all.
 - Guido

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