Linux/VAX boot protocol
Maciej W. Rozycki
macro at linux-mips.org
Mon Dec 3 22:52:02 CET 2012
> 1. Has there been any success booting up with recent linux kernels ?
No idea, I've got stuck at 2.6.18. That's not much different e.g. to my
MIPS side though -- I just need to refresh myself on the kernel side
sometime once I've got past the big userland changes. One change at a
> 2. To what extent is the CLI operational when the kernel boots up (even
> older kernel) ?
Mostly works. There are occasional hiccups, obviously owing to bugs here
and there, probably in the compiler.
One annoyance I know of is completion does not work in BASH where there
are multiple matches (i.e. sending <Tab> twice to get a list). I'll see
if I can debug it once I'm done with binutils -- it shouldn't be *that*
difficult to track down the cause now that we have working GDB. If that
is indeed a compiler bug then tracking down the cause there is another
story and will likely a bit tougher of course, although, as usually, it
depends. I reckon GCC does something silly about some more arcane VAX
addressing modes, so it may be that.
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