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Re: APEX and Debian

On Mon, Jul 17, 2006 at 06:40:19PM +0200, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> * Marc Singer <elf@buici.com> [2006-07-17 08:52]:
> > I wronte a shim that we can use to push ATAGS into a stock kernel.
> > I've also started building a debian package for apex so that we can
> > use it in armeb debian as a secondary boot loader.  Either of these
> arm, not armeb (or, rather, both, but there's no official armeb port
> yet).
> > I'll keep you posted about using APEX as a second stage loader.  The
> > package is almost done.

I want to make sure we're heading for the same goal.

I've prepared a debian package for APEX.  It builds a deb file called
apex-nslu2.  The loader is written to /boot/apex.flash, a binary image
of the loader with a prepended SERCOMM header.  The length field in
this header is in big endian mode.  APEX will switch to little endian
mode once it begins executing.  The architecture is 'arm'.  It copies
the kernel image, starting from 0x80000 for 2MiB to SDRAM and then
jumps to it.

This same package can be built for armeb.  It only difference will be
that it will put the processor in big-endian mode when it starts

Have I missed anything?  Do we want to copy more than 2M of kernel?
We could copy 3.5MiB (4MiB - 256KiB - 128KiB - 128KiB) which is
everything except for Redboot, the sysconf block, and APEX.

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