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RE: Porting Xen to Jetson Nano

Hi Christopher,

Thanks for those encouraging words! 
I did in fact try to apply the Tegra patches to 4.13 but there were other 
issues and Xen wouldn't boot up. I felt that working with 4.8 would minimize 
the unknowns. I am also using the Linux Image from the Linux_for_Tegra build. 

Let me work with your suggestions and see if I can make further progress.


On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 10:59 AM Srinivas Bangalore <srini@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear Xen experts,
> Would greatly appreciate some hints on how to move forward with this 
> one…

Hi Srini,

I don't have any strong recommendations for you, but I do want to say that I'm 
very happy to see you taking this project on and I am hoping for your success. 
I have a newly-arrived Jetson Nano sitting on my desk here, purchased with the 
intention of getting Xen up and running on it, that I just haven't got to work 
on yet. I'm also familiar with Chris Patterson, Kyle Temkin and Ian Campbell's 
previous Tegra Jetson patches and it would be great to see some further 
progress made from those.

In my recent experience with the Raspberry Pi 4, one basic observation with ARM 
kernel bringup is that if your device tree isn't good, your
dom0 kernel can be missing the configuration it needs to use the serial port 
correctly and you don't get any diagnostics from it after Xen attempts to 
launch it, so I would just patch the right serial port config directly into 
your Linux kernel (eg. hardcode specific things onto the kernel command line) 
so you're not messing about with that any more.

The other thing I would recommend is patching in some printks into the earliest 
part of the Xen parts of the Dom0 Linux kernel start code.
Others who are more familar with Xen on ARM may have some better 
recommendations, but linux/arch/arm/xen/enlighten.c has a function 
xen_guest_init that looks like a good place to stuff some extra printks for 
some early proof-of-entry from your kernel, and that way you'll have some 
indication whether execution has actually commenced in there.

I don't think you're going to get a great deal of enthusiasm on this list for 
Xen 4.8.5, unfortunately; most people around here work off Xen's staging 
branch, and I'd be surprised to hear of anyone having tried a 5.7 Linux kernel 
with Xen 4.8.5. I can understand why you might start there from the existing 
patch series though.

Best of luck,




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