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From: Oscar Carter <>
Cc: Oscar Carter <>
Subject: Help to test the powerpc architecture
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2020 16:27:03 +0200
Message-ID: <20200802142703.GA3575@ubuntu> (raw)


I'm working in a new feature for the powerpc (64 bits little endian)
architecture. Since I can't test it in a real environment, I need to
emulate this arch. To do this I use qemu-ppc. My problem is that the
built kernel don't boot in qemu.

To build the kernel:

make defconfig ARCH=powerpc

Then I set to NO the CONFIG_KEXEC option as I found that qemu can't
boot a KEXEC kernel. And now:

make ARCH=powerpc CROSS_COMPILE=powerpc-linux-gnu- -j4

Finally I obtain a zImage in arch/powerpc/boot/ directory.

Before to run qemu I create a rootfs with debootstrap. Then I run qemu
with the following parameters:

qemu-system-ppc -kernel /media/ubuntu/Data/linux/arch/powerpc/boot/zImage \
		-append "root=/dev/sda console=ttyS0" \
		-drive file=qemu_image.img,index=0,media=disk,format=raw \

If I add the "-prom-env boot-args=-v" to the end of the last command I get
the same result. The qemu always stops at this point:

>> =============================================================
>> OpenBIOS 1.1 [Dec 27 2018 23:11]
>> Configuration device id QEMU version 1 machine id 2
>> CPUs: 1
>> Memory: 128M
>> UUID: 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
>> CPU type PowerPC,750
milliseconds isn't unique.
Welcome to OpenBIOS v1.1 built on Dec 27 2018 23:11
>> [ppc] Kernel already loaded (0x01000000 + 0x009085d8) (initrd 0x00000000 + 0x00000000)
>> [ppc] Kernel command line: root=/dev/sda console=ttyS0
>> switching to new context:

Also, I've tried to build the kernel with a DTB embedded in the image,
but not luck. The same result again.

make ps3_defconfig ARCH=powerpc
make ARCH=powerpc simpleImage.ps3 CROSS_COMPILE=powerpc-linux-gnu- -j4

I'm stuck at this point. I don't know how to configure the kernel to be
able to boot with qemu. Any help to point me to the right direction
will be greatly appreciated.

Thank's in advance.
Oscar Carter

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