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Re: [PATCH] MIPS: add support for gzip/bzip2/lzma compressed kernel imag

Subject: Re: [PATCH] MIPS: add support for gzip/bzip2/lzma compressed kernel images
From: Alexander Clouter <>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 22:36:46 +0100
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Wu Zhangjin <> wrote:
> This patch will help to generate smaller kernel images for linux-MIPS,
/me gets giddy and wets himself with excitement

This has made my AR7[1] based Linksys WAG54Gv2 (16MB RAM and 4MB flash, 
limited to a 768kB kernel) useful, finally...thanks!

> $ wc -c vmlinux
> 7465416 vmlinux
> $ wc -c vmlinuz
> 2059691 vmlinuz
> Have tested the 32bit kernel on Qemu/Malta and 64bit kernel on FuLoong
> Mini PC. both of them works well.
I got it working (LZMA kernel) however you have hardcoded a lot of bits 
in there.  It looks to my uneducated eye most of the issues lie in that 
and FREE_MEM_END is non-trivial on the MIPS platform currently; 
probably because of the lack of a generic lzma/gzip/bzip2 framework to 
be used with.

For me I used:
  #define FREE_MEM_START CKSEG0ADDR(0x94a00000)
  #define FREE_MEM_END CKSEG0ADDR(0x94f00000)

I had to replace (you probably should move this from dbg.c to dbg.h):
  #define PORT(offset) (CKSEG1ADDR(AR7_REGS_UART0) + (4 * offset))

The load address is awkward, but I replaced your 0x8100000 in the 
Makefile with 0x94400000.

Now, the big question is how to work this all out at compile time. :)

As a side note, I would personally leave the DEBUG non-optional and 
turned on as it all disappears at runtime anyway, but I'm no kernel 
developer :)

Again, thanks for this, it truely is great stuff.



Alexander Clouter
.sigmonster says: I will always love the false image I had of you.

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