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Re: Cross compiling MIPS kernel under x86

To: octane indice <>
Subject: Re: Cross compiling MIPS kernel under x86
From: David Daney <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 14:34:09 -0700
Cc: Dmitri Vorobiev <>,
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On 05/27/2010 09:29 AM, octane indice wrote:
Response to Dmitri Vorobiev<>  :
Just checked that the following steps result in a successful
build of a vanilla 2.6.34 vmlinux:

Thanks for taking the time to do it.
tar jxf gcc-core-4.4.4.tar.bz2
cd ../build
../src/gcc-4.4.4/configure --target=mips64-unknown-linux-gnu
--prefix=/work/tmp/zoo --disable-threads --disable-shared
--disable-multilib --disable-libgcc --disable-libmudflap
--disable-libssp --disable-libgomp

It fails here with something related to stdc++. With adding a
--enable-language=c it works. So the configure line I used is:
../gcc-4.4.4/configure --target=mips64-unknown-linux-gnu
--prefix=/var/samba/mips --disable-threads --disable-shared
--disable-multilib --disable-libgcc --disable-libmudflap --disable-libssp
--disable-libgomp --enable-languages=c

make ARCH=mips cavium-octeon_defconfig
make ARCH=mips
CROSS_COMPILE=/work/tmp/zoo/bin/mips64-unknown-linux-gnu- vmlinux

Hope that helps.

It helped me a lot, thank you. The kernel compiles fine.
The kernel is very huge: 39MBytes (!).
After a mips64-unknown-linux-gnu-strip, it downsized to 3.3MBytes.
But that kernel doesn't boot.

The system in the board I have uses in U-boot:
ext2load ide 0 4000000 vmlinux
bootoctlinux 4000000 (other args..)

But when I replace the vmlinux file with mine called 'mips', it says:
RSEC-K1# ext2load ide 0 4000000 mips

3362840 bytes read
WARNING: Data loaded outside of the reserved load area, memory corruption
may occur.
WARNING: Please refer to the bootloader memory map documentation for more
RSEC-K1# bootoctlinux 4000000
ELF file is 64 bit
Attempting to allocate memory for ELF segment: addr: 0xffffffff81100000
(adjusted to: 0x0000000001100000), size 0x355c00
Allocated memory for ELF segment: addr: 0xffffffff81100000, size 0x355c00
Attempting to allocate memory for ELF segment: addr: 0xffffffff81343da0
(adjusted to: 0x0000000001343da0), size 0x24
Error allocating memory for elf image!
## ERROR loading File!

Early Octeon bootloaders cannot handle PT_NOTE program headers, I think that is what is biting you here.

If you can upgrade to an SDK-1.9 or later bootloader, I would recommend that. Otherwise remove the PT_NOTE from your kernel image (the technique for doing this is left as an excise for the reader, but I have found that emacs hexl mode works well).

David Daney

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