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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 10/14] tests: acpi: ignore SMBIOS tests when UEF

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 10/14] tests: acpi: ignore SMBIOS tests when UEFI firmware is used
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:25:10 -0500

On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 12:52:17PM +0100, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>   Hi,
> > This approach allows the UEFI app source to live in the QEMU tree, and
> > the affected maintainer(s) would be personally responsible for setting
> > up their edk2 clones, and compilers. (The edk2 clone could even be a
> > submodule of QEMU, for example at roms/edk2.) For example,
> > "roms/Makefile" already calls an external EFIROM utility (also from
> > edk2) in order to build the combined iPXE option ROMs.
> > 
> > And yes, we could turn the UEFI binaries into bootable ISO images at once.
> > 
> > I'll try to post some patches soon (or not so soon). I think the app's
> > source code, and the edk2 submodule, should live under roms/, and the
> > bootable images should live under pc-bios/.
> > 
> > (In fact we could use this opportunity to build & bundle OVMF itself...
> > not sure if that's in scope for now. Gerd, what's your take?)
> Well, there is still the idea to move over firmware submodules and
> prebuilt firmware blobs to a separate repo.

What's the advantage of this? 99% of people want the specific firmware
shipped with QEMU. Ony firmware developers might save a bit of disk
space. Seems like a loss overall.

>  Expermimental repo:
> https://git.kraxel.org/cgit/qemu-firmware/.  Not touched for more than a
> year due to being busy with other stuff.  Oh well ...
> (if someone feels like picking this up feel free to do so).
> I think adding edk2 as submodule below roms/ makes sense.  Adding rules
> to roms/Makefile to build the blobs makes sense too.  Not sure we want
> the binaries actually copied over to pc-bios/ and commited as the uefi
> firmware is pretty big ...
> Not sure what a good place for the uefi app would be.  I'd tend to not
> use roms/, that is the place for firmware submodules.  contrib/ or test/
> maybe?
> cheers,
>   Gerd

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