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Re: [Qemu-devel] Why is SeaBIOS used with -kernel?

From: Richard W.M. Jones
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Why is SeaBIOS used with -kernel?
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:17:33 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-12-10)

On Fri, Apr 01, 2016 at 11:18:30AM +0200, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>   Hi,
> > I wonder how we can make use of this in qemu and downstream distros?
> > Can we have a bios-min.bin which is used with -kernel boots?
> We already build two seabios roms: one full featued and one slightly
> stripped down to keep it below 128k, for backward compatibility with old
> machine types.
> Adding a third config for -kernel boot should be easy.  For that use
> case we can probably also turn on seabios logging to the serial console
> and drop sgabios.  We don't need input (no boot menu) and we also don't
> need to hook into int10 (no grub/ipxe using that for output).

SeaBIOS logging is slow (or more likely, serial output is slow).
And sgabios is useful for debugging.


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