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SubjectRe: [Fastboot] [CFT] ELF Relocatable x86 and x86_64 bzImages
Vivek Goyal <> writes:

> On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 04:25:20PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 10:19:04AM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> >
>> > I have spent some time and have gotten my relocatable kernel patches
>> > working against the latest kernels. I intend to push this upstream
>> > shortly.
>> >
>> > Could all of the people who care take a look and test this out
>> > to make certain that it doesn't just work on my test box?
>> >
>> Hi Eric,
>> Currently I am testing your patches on i386. With CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y
>> kernel boots fine and kexec also works.
>> But my kernel hangs on kexec on panic case. It hangs early in
>> decompress_kernel(). Kernel hangs at following condition.
>> + if (((u32)output - CONFIG_PHYSICAL_START) & 0x3fffff)
>> + error("Destination address not 4M aligned");

As for the missing print. Did you have an appropriate earlyprintk?

> Ok. I am decompressing the kernel to 16MB and after reducing 1MB of
> CONFIG_PHYSICAL_START I am left with 15MB which is not 4M aligned
> hence I seems to be running into it.
> I changed it to
> if ((u32)output) & 0x3fffff)
> and kdump kernel booted fine. But this will run into issues if I load
> kernel at 1MB.
> I got a dump question. Why do I have to load the kernel at 4MB alignment?
> Existing kernel boots loads at 1MB, which is non 4MB aligned and it works
> fine?

4MB is a little harsh, but I haven't worked through what the exact rules
are, I know 4MB is the worst case alignment for arch/i386.

The rule is that we have to be at the same offset from 4MB as we
were built to run at. So in this case address where (address %4MB) == 1MB.

We might be able to get away with 2MB alignment. I thought kexec-tools
did that calculation automatically for an ET_DYN image but it has been
a while since I looked.

My goal with the check was to catch problems early before something
bad happened.


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