Info: Notes on hardware platforms

Justin Cormack edited this page Jun 7, 2014 · 5 revisions
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This page documents necessary flags and tips for building rump kernels for "exotic" hardware platforms.

Raspberry Pi

In case you get errors for unsupported assembly instructions (e.g. ldrex), run with -F ACFLAGS=-march=armv6k. This is required because your compiler's target and the NetBSD source code are not in perfect harmony. Note: earlier versions of used to default all ARM6 builds to armv6k, but this default has been removed.

ARM Thumb builds

If you do a build with Thumb instructions you may need to use -F ACFLAGS='-mthumb -mthumb-interwork' as some files are still built with arm instructions and so you need the interop flag. This is the default setting on some toolchains.

Gold and Cortex A8

If your toolchain uses the Gold linker and you are building for Armv7, you may get build errors about "cannot scan executable section for Cortex-A8 erratum because it has no mapping symbols." It would be nice to fix these issues, but the fixups only apply to thumb instructions across page boundaries, so if you are doing an arm build you can build with -F LDFLAGS=-Wl,--no-fix-cortex-a8.