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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2 3/5] xen/x86: Migrate to boot_info structure

On Wed, 2014-09-24 at 19:19 +0200, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> Break multiboot (v1) protocol dependency. It means that most of Xen code
> (excluding preloader) could be bootloader agnostic and does not need almost
> any knowledge about boot protocol. Additionally, we are able to pass all boot
> data to __start_xen() in one bucket without any side channels. I do not 
> mention
> that we are also able to easily identify boot data in Xen code.
> Here is boot data flow for legacy BIOS platform:
>  BIOS -> GRUB -> multiboot[12]* -> __reloc() -> MBD ->-\
>                                                        /
>         ------<------<------<------<------<------<-----
>          \
>           \
>            ---> __init_boot_info() -> boot_info_mb -> __start_xen() -> 
> boot_info
>           /
>  BIOS ->-/
>   * multiboot2 is not implemented yet. Look for it in later patches.
> Here is boot data flow for EFI platform:
>   EFI -> efi_start() -> boot_info_efi -> __start_xen() -> boot_info
> WARNING: ARM build could be broken by this patch.

The hypervisor is easy to cross compile, so please confirm and if so fix

I use the cross compilers from

 for more info.

> We need to agree boot_info
> integration into ARM. Personally I think that it is worth storing all data
> from any bootloader and preloader in boot_info on any architecture. This give
> a chance to share more code between architectures. However, every architecture
> should define its own boot_info (in relevant include/asm directory). Despite
> that it looks that some parts of it could be common, e.g.  modules data,
> command line arguments, boot loader name, EFI data, etc., even if types
> would not be the same. So, as it was stated above a lot of code could be
> shared among architectures.

As I think I've said before I'm happy to consider this in the future but
not for 4.5 at this stage. Please ensure that ARM at least still
compiles after this change.


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