xen,bproc and grub
adam at cfar.umd.edu
Mon Nov 1 16:09:00 CET 2004
I have recently ported bproc  which part of clustermatic 
suite to xen-2.0  to run on domain0. It was pretty straightforward,
that it required few trival hacks to the kernel, few sym-links and
remembering to use "ARCH=xen" whenever appropriate.
However, clustermatic does use linuxbios on its nodes for booting and does
not use traditional bios at all. This means that the grub (with its
multiboot support) with its heavy dependencies on PC-BIOS Is out of
Thus I'm trying to figure out how I could boot xen/linux-22.214.171.124-xen0 duo
on nodes. Are there any other options to boot it besides using grub?
and preferably does not rquire multiboot .
I figure out I that maybe could load xen.gz  using FILO, Kexec, or
maybe etherboot but it still would not load linux kernel in turn (because
of the dependency on multiboot).
Anyone knows what are my options here? Ideas?
 grub configuration file entry for xen
title Xen 2.0 / XenLinux 126.96.36.199
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/xen.gz dom0_mem=65536
module (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-xen0 root=/dev/hda1
 grub-multiboot, from info page
- Command: module file ...
Load a boot module FILE for a Multiboot format boot image (no
interpretation of the file contents are made, so the user of this
command must know what the kernel in question expects). The rest
of the line is passed as the "module command-line", like the
`kernel' command. You must load a Multiboot kernel image before
loading any module. See also *Note modulenounzip::.
does anyone knows better references to multiboot specs?
redbull:/etc/clustermatic # file /boot/xen.gz
/boot/xen.gz: gzip compressed data, from Unix, max compression
redbull:/etc/clustermatic # file /tmp/xen
/tmp/xen: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), statically linked, stripped
redbull:/etc/clustermatic # readelf -a /tmp/xen
Magic: 7f 45 4c 46 01 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Data: 2's complement, little endian
Version: 1 (current)
OS/ABI: UNIX - System V
ABI Version: 0
Type: EXEC (Executable file)
Machine: Intel 80386
Entry point address: 0x100000
Start of program headers: 52 (bytes into file)
Start of section headers: 266608 (bytes into file)
Size of this header: 52 (bytes)
Size of program headers: 32 (bytes)
Number of program headers: 1
Size of section headers: 40 (bytes)
Number of section headers: 3
Section header string table index: 2
[Nr] Name Type Addr Off Size ES Flg Lk Inf Al
[ 0] NULL 00000000 000000 000000 00 0 0 0
[ 1] .text PROGBITS 00100000 000080 0410f0 00 WAX 0 0 64
[ 2] .shstrtab STRTAB 00000000 0411e8 000011 00 0 0 1
Key to Flags:
W (write), A (alloc), X (execute), M (merge), S (strings)
I (info), L (link order), G (group), x (unknown)
O (extra OS processing required) o (OS specific), p (processor specific)
Type Offset VirtAddr PhysAddr FileSiz MemSiz Flg Align
LOAD 0x000080 0x00100000 0x00100000 0x410f0 0x764c0 RWE 0x40
Section to Segment mapping:
There is no dynamic segment in this file.
There are no relocations in this file.
There are no unwind sections in this file.
No version information found in this file.
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