[PATCH 5/5] x86_64 EFI support -v3: EFI document

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This patch adds document for EFI x86_64 support. The boot parameters
added are documented in Documentation/i386/zero-page.txt. The setup
and operation guide of EFI based system is documented in

Signed-off-by: Chandramouli Narayanan <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Huang Ying <[email protected]>


 i386/zero-page.txt |   18 ++++++++++++++----
 x86_64/uefi.txt    |   42 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 56 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

Index: linux-2.6.23-rc1/Documentation/i386/zero-page.txt
--- linux-2.6.23-rc1.orig/Documentation/i386/zero-page.txt	2007-07-30 11:28:45.000000000 +0800
+++ linux-2.6.23-rc1/Documentation/i386/zero-page.txt	2007-07-30 11:29:28.000000000 +0800
@@ -31,11 +31,11 @@
  0xb0 - 0x13f		Free. Add more parameters here if you really need them.
  0x140- 0x1be		EDID_INFO Video mode setup
-0x1c4	unsigned long	EFI system table pointer
-0x1c8	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor size
-0x1cc	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor version
+0x1c4	unsigned long	EFI system table pointer*
+0x1c8	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor size*
+0x1cc	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor version*
 0x1d0	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor map pointer
-0x1d4	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor map size
+0x1d4	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor map size*
 0x1e0	unsigned long	ALT_MEM_K, alternative mem check, in Kb
 0x1e4	unsigned long	Scratch field for the kernel setup code
 0x1e8	char		number of entries in E820MAP (below)
@@ -87,3 +87,13 @@
 0x2d0 - 0xd00		E820MAP
 0xd00 - 0xeff		EDDBUF (edd.S) for disk signature read sector
 0xd00 - 0xeeb		EDDBUF (edd.S) for edd data
+Changes for x86_64 implementation:
+For alignment purposes, the following parameters are rearranged.
+0x1b8	unsigned long	EFI system table pointer
+0x1c0	unsigned long	EFI Loader signature
+0x1c4	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor size
+0x1c8	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor version
+0x1cc	unsigned long	EFI memory descriptor map size
Index: linux-2.6.23-rc1/Documentation/x86_64/uefi.txt
--- /dev/null	1970-01-01 00:00:00.000000000 +0000
+++ linux-2.6.23-rc1/Documentation/x86_64/uefi.txt	2007-07-30 11:29:28.000000000 +0800
@@ -0,0 +1,42 @@
+General note on [U]EFI x86_64 support
+This provides documentation on [U]EFI support for x86_64 architecture.
+The nomenclature EFI and UEFI are used intechangeably in this document.
+Although the tools below are _not_ needed for building the kernel,
+the needed bootloader support and associated tools for x86_64 platforms
+with EFI firmware and specifications are listed below.
+1. UEFI specification:  http://www.uefi.org
+2. Booting EFI64 enabled kernel requires boot loader support.
+Patches to elilo and gnu-efi library with x86_64 support and documentation
+have been submitted to respective project maintainers.
+	elilo: http://sourceforge.net/projects/elilo
+	gnu-efi library: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnu-efi/
+	gnu-efi-3.0d release now supports [U]EFI x86_64.
+3. The tool to convert ELF to PE-COFF image:
+	binutils- supports Intel64 EFI.
+	see http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/devel/binutils/
+	[ elilo/gnu-efi with x86_64 support need this binutils support ]
+4. x86_64 platform with EFI/UEFI firmware.
+- Apply the EFI64 kernel patches and build with the following configuration.
+	EFI_FB=y
+- Create a VFAT partition on the disk
+- Copy the following to the VFAT partition:
+	elilo bootloader with x86_64 support and elilo configuration file
+	efi64 kernel image and initrd. Instructions on building elilo
+	and its dependencies can be found in the elilo sourceforge project.
+- Boot to EFI shell and invoke elilo choosing efi64 kernel image
+- On UEFI2.0 firmware systems, pass vga=normal for boot messages to show up
+  console. You can pass along the 'resume' boot option to test suspend/resume.
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