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SubjectRe: questions about header.S
On Wed, 21 Mar 2018, Cao jin wrote:
> On 03/17/2018 06:01 PM, Cao jin wrote:
> >   I find two small questions which confuse me a little.
> >
> > 1.
> > # Check signature at end of setup
> > cmpl $0x5a5aaa55, setup_sig
> > jne setup_bad
> >
> > setup_sig is defined in setup.ld, which points to the constant also
> > defined in setup.ld, so I don't figure out in which case they don't
> > equal and jump to setup_bad?

That's a lame sanity check to make sure that nothing overwrote the loader.

> > In my test, drop these 2 lines seems fine, system can boot without any
> > obvious error.

Sure it does as long as you have no corruption.

> > 2.
> > # Zero the bss
> > movw $__bss_start, %di
> > movw $_end+3, %cx
> > xorl %eax, %eax
> > subw %di, %cx
> > shrw $2, %cx
> > rep; stosl
> >
> > It is not a big deal, but I think replace "_end" with "__bss_end" make
> > more sense, and "_end" is already aligned to word length. And, there is
> > no other code use symbol "__bss_end". So I don't know is there any
> > reason to use "_end" here?

It doesn't matter at all. But its also pointless to change it.

Thanks,

tglx
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