Re: [PATCH 11/33] i386 boot: Add an ELF header to bzImage

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Tue Aug 01 2006 - 22:37:19 EST

Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@xxxxxxxx> writes:

> Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> +.macro note name, type
>> + .balign 4
>> + .int 2f - 1f # n_namesz
>> + .int 4f - 3f # n_descsz
>> + .int \type # n_type
>> + .balign 4
>> +1: .asciz "\name"
>> +2: .balign 4
>> +3:
>> +.endm
>> +.macro enote
>> +4: .balign 4
>> +.endm
> This is very similar to the macro I introduced in the Paravirt note segment
> patch. Do think they should be made common?

Yes. At the point of merging these two approaches I think the notes
should just be put into vmlinux and copied either into the ELF
header or more likely into a segment that build.c tacks onto
the kernel.

It is such a small piece of my overall picture I wasn't really looking
at that.

>> +/* Elf notes to help bootloaders identify what program they are booting.
>> + */
>> +
>> +/* Standardized Elf image notes for booting... The name for all of these is
> ELFBoot */
>> +#define ELF_NOTE_BOOT "ELFBoot"
> I wonder if this should be something to suggest its Linux-specific? Or do you
> see this being used by a wider audience?

This note is used in etherboot and LinuxBIOS right now so it isn't terribly linux
specific. And whatever the virtues of it's name it is actually in use.

I had a preliminary RFC for using these in a winder context at one point but I
ran out of energy for pushing it.

I think the information in those note headers is interesting beyond that I
really don't much care.


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at