kexec on mips - anyone has it working?

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at
Thu May 29 08:16:23 EDT 2008

Nicolas Schichan schrieb:
> On Tuesday 27 May 2008 20:14:11 you wrote:
>> Aah, I see.
>> Anyway, it doesn't work - with or without this slight change in
>> machine_kexec.c, with kexec compiled from the sources in the link you
>> gave or with kexec-tools-testing-20080324, it just doesn't work on
>> BCM43XX with OpenWRT patches. At least on Asus WL-500gP.
> I'm not familiar with broadcom CPU names, but isn't BCM43XX supposed
> to be a Wifi chipset ? :)

Well, yeah, indeed the device is sold as a wireless router. But it can 
perfectly run Debian, so it should run kexec as well, shouldn't it? ;)

> However,  could   you  kexec   a  kernel  from   a  kernel   that  has
> CONFIG_MIPS_UNCACHED  set (under  "Kernel  hacking", "run  uncached")?
> this will slow down the kernel that does the kexec, but if this works,
> then it is most probably a cache problem.
> Could you also indicate the last lines of kernel messages just before
> the "Bye." ?

I'll try that later today and will post the results.

> Are you trying to kexec a big kernel image ?

Hmm, is it big? It's the same kernel I booted:

# ls -l vmlinux
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3868065 May 26 23:30 vmlinux

> how much RAM do you have
> on the board ?

It has 32 MB RAM; some ~11 MB is used before I load another kernel.

> are there some hardware that could have a hard time to
> be re-probed by the kexeced linux kernel ?

The kexeced kernel is the same one I booted, so no.

Tomasz Chmielewski

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