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SubjectRe: [RFC] x86 ELF bootable kernels/Linux booting Linux/LinuxBIOS
Andrew Morton <> writes:

> On uniprocessor, you can type `sudo monte /boot/bzImage'
> and get to `decompressing linux' in two seconds flat. (Having
> journalling filesystems rather helps with this trick). It's
> lovely.

Hmm. That sounds a little slow to me. That is about what I get
with LinuxBIOS from when I flip the power switch, and network boot..
But that is enough enjoyment of speed.

> > The biggest issue I have had is
> > with the kernel not properly shutting down devices.
> Monte just disables all busmastering on the PCI devices...

That might be a useful addition, as it will probably work for most
devices. However it doesn't handle non-PCI devices. And it doesn't
handle strange devices that need a different shutdown.

With module_exit() I am quiet certain the linux driver can find the
device and set it up again, because otherwise you couldn't insert,
remove, and reinsert the code as a module.

> module_exit() routines for statically-linked drivers often
> don't exist - they're in .text.exit. I guess you can just
> move .text.exit out of the /DISCARD/ section in
> Also, take a look at user-mode-linux's do_exitcalls()
> implementation - there's no clear reason why that shouldn't
> be mainstreamed.

I like the other suggestion of extending the Hot-plug infrastructure.
In that case I just need to figure out how to logically Hot-unplug all
the devices in the system. That may be better than a
do_exitcalls()... As it automatically gets the discrimination right.

> It would be convenient to be able to directly boot a bzImage,
> but I guess elf is workable.

Well that is directly booting vmlinux, and it doesn't lock you into
booting the linux kernel which is very important to me.

> Great work, and thanks! I look forward to 2-second SMP
> reboots.

I'll love to hear how it goes.

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