Subject: Re: ARCS netboot probs on Indigo
To: Soren S. Jorvang <>
From: Rafal Boni <>
List: port-sgimips
Date: 01/05/2001 08:46:20
In message <>, you write: 

-> On Fri, Jan 05, 2001 at 12:19:28AM +0100, Gerald Heinig wrote:
-> > Before you complain about "wrong list, we're not Linux":
-> > I'm aware of that. I couldn't find a NetBSD ecoff kernel
-> There is elf2ecoff(1)..

Though this fails pretty badly if you're trying to do it on an 
other-endian box, as it reads all the header fields and expects
them to be in native byte order.  I started frobbing this and 
then just found a linux port that did the conversion in the
right cases (I think it did a run-time endian-ness check and
then used the magic # to determine endian-ness of the binary).

I've got this sitting in my sgimips/stand tree on my x86 build
box if you need it.  It seems to have worked pretty well so far.

[...Or we need a BFD based elf2ecoff(1), which should just take
 care of all the details, but I know very little about BFD...]

I still haven't figured out why (1) my ARCS seems to return a bogus 
memory map, (2) why ARCS fails TFTP'ing images [it gets first packet
and then goes catatonic, (3) why IDE [the boot-time diag environment]
can load and run some things that neither ARCS nor SASH can.

I've had all the above problems for probably three months, but I 
haven't really had the time to set aside a few hours play with the
I2 that is having these problems.  I did get a newer version of SASH
to see if that helps, but haven't yet installed it :-<


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