Re: PROBLEM: loadlin incompatible with 2.6.23 kernels

From: Samuel Thibault
Date: Wed Jan 21 2009 - 18:44:05 EST


H. Peter Anvin, le Wed 21 Jan 2009 15:09:27 -0800, a écrit :
> Kenneth Howlett wrote:
> >I do not know if the problem is with the kernel or with loadlin. Probably
> >some people will say it is the kernel's fault, and other people will say it
> >is loadlin's fault.
> >
> >I do not know why this occurs with loadlin and not with other boot loaders.
> LOADLIN uses memory it isn't allowed to use by the boot protocol. Newer
> kernels use more memory than previous ones, and starts using memory
> LOADLIN expects to use.
> Unfortunately LOADLIN hasn't been updated for a very long time, and
> there doesn't seem to be much interest in maintaining it.

I've fixed loadlin in debian and actually plan to maintain it upstream.
I had to patch it quite a bit to make it compilable by yasm, but it can
now boot recent big kernels & initrds.

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