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boot-wrapper: Start Linux kernels under ARM Fast Models The boot-wrapper is a fairly simple implementation of a boot loader intended to run under an ARM Fast Model and boot Linux. License ======= The boot-wrapper is generally under a 3 clause BSD license (see LICENSE.txt for details). Note that some source files are under similar but compatible licenses. In particular libfdt is dual-license GPL/2-clause-BSD. Compilation =========== The expected method of building is to cross-compile on an x86 box. You'll need an ARM cross-compiler. On Ubuntu you can get this by installing the packages: gcc-4.6-arm-linux-gnueabi binutils-arm-linux-gnueabi libc6-armel-cross linux-libc-dev-armel-cross gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi libc6-dev-armel-cross cpp-arm-linux-gnueabi The boot-wrapper can be compiled in two ways: (1) as a small standalone binary which uses the model's semihosting ABI to load a kernel (and optionally initrd and flattened device tree) when you run the model (2) with a specific kernel and initrd compiled into the binary; this is less flexible but may be useful in some situations For case (1) you can just run: make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabi- semi which will build "linux-system-semi.axf". (As with a Linux kernel cross-compile, the CROSS_COMPILE variable is set to the prefix of the cross toolchain. "arm-linux-gnueabi-" matches the prefix used by the Ubuntu cross toolchain.) For case (2) you'll need a Linux kernel tree to hand; the boot-wrapper makefile will automatically look into it to extract the kernel. By default this tree is assumed to be in "../linux-kvm-arm". Assuming you have that tree set up and have built a kernel in it, you can run: make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabi- which will build "linux-system.axf". You can configure the makefile system by copying config-default.mk to config.mk and editing it. This is only likely to be useful for case (2); see the comments in config-default.mk for more information. Running ======= To run a model with a linux-system-semi.axf: RTSM_VE_Cortex-A15x1 linux-system-semi.axf -C cluster.cpu0.semihosting-cmd_line="--kernel /path/to/zImage [--initrd /path/to/initrd] [--dtb /path/to/dtb] [-- kernel command line arguments]" The paths to the kernel, initrd and device tree blob should all be host filesystem paths. The initrd and dtb are both optional. Any text following '--' is passed to the kernel as its command line; this is also optional. You may also want to pass other options to the model (for instance to enable networking); these are not described here. See the Fast Models documentation for more information. Running a linux-system.axf is the same, except that since all the files are built in there's no need to pass a command line: RTSM_VE_Cortex-A15x1 linux-system.axf Passing a command line to linux-system.axf is allowed, and any kernel/initrd/dtb/commandline specified will override the compiled-in version.