Re: [PATCH 2/6] x86/boot: Move compressed kernel to end of decompression buffer

From: Simon Glass
Date: Mon Oct 03 2016 - 17:50:41 EST

HI Matt,

On 16 August 2016 at 20:25, Matt Mullins <mmullins@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:19:42PM -0700, Yinghai Lu wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM, Matt Mullins <mmullins@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >
>> > This appears to have a negative effect on booting the Intel Edison platform, as
>> > it uses u-boot as its bootloader. u-boot does not copy the init_size parameter
>> > when booting a bzImage: it copies a fixed-size setup_header [1], and its
>> > definition of setup_header doesn't include the parameters beyond setup_data [2].
>> >
>> > With a zero value for init_size, this calculates a %rsp value of 0x101ff9600.
>> > This causes the boot process to hard-stop at the immediately-following pushq, as
>> > this platform has no usable physical addresses above 4G.
>> >
>> > What are the options for getting this type of platform to function again? For
>> > now, kexec from a working Linux system does seem to be a work-around, but there
>> > appears to be other x86 hardware using u-boot: the folks seem to be
>> > maintaining the u-boot x86 tree.
>> >
>> > [1];a=blob;f=arch/x86/lib/zimage.c;h=1b33c771391f49ffe82864ff1582bdfd07e5e97d;hb=HEAD#l156
>> > [2];a=blob;f=arch/x86/include/asm/bootparam.h;h=140095117e5a2daef0a097c55f0ed10e08acc781;hb=HEAD#l24
>> Then should fix the u-boot about header_size assumption.
> I was hoping to avoid that, since the Edison's u-boot is 10,000-line patch atop
> the upstream -- I don't trust myself to build and flash one quite yet.

It would be good to upstream that!

> If this turned out to affect Chromebooks, I'd spend more effort pushing for
> a kernel fix, but it seems that ChromeOS has a different kernel load procedure
> and doesn't use "zboot". For now, I'll probably just keep a local patch that
> hard-codes a value large enough to decompress and launch the kernel.
> I may turn that local patch into something gated by a Kconfig eventually, in
> hopes that users of the other x86 u-boot platforms will see it in a "make
> oldconfig" run.

Well, I think this patch is useful. But also, let's fix U-Boot.