[ECOS] Redboot image load via PCI bus?
Thu Nov 6 18:10:00 GMT 2003
Makes sense, Gary. Thanks for the pointers... Assuming I'm otherwise
entirely comfortable with what version 1.3.1 provides, will I need to go to
(do you advise) version 2.0 before making these mods or is 1.3.1 adequate?
From: Gary Thomas [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 12:42 PM
To: Snider, Marc
Subject: RE: [ECOS] Redboot image load via PCI bus?
On Thu, 2003-11-06 at 10:37, Snider, Marc wrote:
> My thought was to provide the standard I/O device driver routines (open,
> close, read...) on top of the PCI accesses and thus shield the higher
> loader code. I'd make it look like the image data was coming from
> else like the flash. It looks like do_load doesn't care where the image
> data comes from as long as the native format (in my case likely SREC) is
> Yes, the host does have access to the memory on the target system, but it
> would be preferable to pull the data from the host as opposed to pushing
> from there to the target...
Understood. If you look carefully at how the "load" command works,
you won't need to make *any* changes directly to it, but just add a
new I/O method. Also, I'd suggest that you put your new PCI method
in your platform HAL - there is no need to mess about with the core
note: a lot of care has been taken (by me) to allow such extensions
without any [direct] changes to the RedBoot tree.
... Ah, the joy of tables.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Thomas [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 11:46 AM
> To: Snider, Marc
> Cc: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
> Subject: Re: [ECOS] Redboot image load via PCI bus?
> On Thu, 2003-11-06 at 09:45, Snider, Marc wrote:
> > Is there a canned method implemented somewhere for loading an image via
> > PCI bus (from another host), as opposed to using the network or loading
> > flash? I'd like to load an image from a control host across the PCI
> > and then burn it to flash... I'm assuming that if there isn't then
> > need to modify the do_load command and provide a set of I/O routines
> > map PCI accesses into standard I/O convention...
> > I'm on a PowerPC440 platform, if the platform matters.
> What method would you use to access the image via the PCI?
> Can your host access the memory on the board?
> Gary Thomas <email@example.com>
> MLB Associates
Gary Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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