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[Qemu-devel] Re: endianness and network emulation for PowerPC

From: Rob Landley
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Re: endianness and network emulation for PowerPC
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:05:53 -0600
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On Monday 18 February 2008 14:57:57 Hollis Blanchard wrote:
> I've been debugging network problems in qemu for a week or two, and
> there seem to be some pervasive misunderstandings about endianness. I'm
> trying to use a big-endian target on a big-endian guest, and this has
> exposed a lot of breakage, including qemu's pci-host.h, isa_mmio.c,
> rtl8139.c and ne2000.c.
> Rob, I noticed that you're using Linux's "ne.c" in your PowerPC PReP
> kernel build for qemu, and to my surprise it actually works for me on a
> big-endian host! I'm wondering if you chose ne.c because you found the
> other network drivers to be broken?

Probably.  I sometimes have to hunt around for a bit to find a network card 
emulation that works on a given platform.  (Generally on a platform where I'm 
using an rtl8139, it means the default ne2k didn't work when I tried it.  I 
remember arm didn't have PIO working back in 0.9.0...)

I haven't tried to do a little endian PPC yet.  (Nor have I gotten arm big 
endian to work yet.  Or gotten super hitachi to successfully do _anything_.)

I'm doing http://landley.net/code/firmware in part to get coverage of as many 
qemu platforms as possible, and get basic Linux systems up and running 
on 'em.  (If I get really bored, I'll try X and see what the framebuffers 
do... :)  However, I do tend to declare victory and move on once I've gotten 
it to boot to userspace with a serial console, hard drive, network card, and 
realtime clock.  That's enough to do native builds with distcc calling out to 
the cross compiler for a speed boost...

"One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code."
  - Ken Thompson.

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