Re: Kernel Port, FAQ needed?

Carlo E. Prelz (
Mon, 8 Jul 1996 14:06:59 +0200 (MET DST)

> Here at Chalmers we are in the process of porting Linux to the
> SimCS sparc V8 simulator. This is a large project involving
> evaluating sheduling algoritms on shared bus multiprocessor
> systems.
> There already exists full Sparc support code in the Linux kernel right
> now. What specific support does your machine need that isn't already
> present?

Well, I'd like a minimal kernel, without concern for MMU :) network etc.
to begin with. I want to know how the generic kernel excpects things
to behave, so I can short-circuit those things that are irrelevant
at the moment. I may be out sailing here, but I think this would be a
a sane approach??

Maybe the best specification of what is neccessary is within the source
tree itself, but if someone has compiled a list of:

....In order to allocate memory you must feed the mmap function with two
arguments, blahablaha, the kernel expects this so do that etc............

I'd be glad to have a look at it.

I know there's no such thing as a porting walktrough, but it would be
valuable, and atleast a few people certainly could contribute to such a
beast, based on the fact that there exists a few ports.

> David S. Miller

Fredrik Lundholm