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[PATCH] docs/system: document an example vexpress-a15 invocation

From: Alex Bennée
Subject: [PATCH] docs/system: document an example vexpress-a15 invocation
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 18:53:00 +0000

The wiki and the web are curiously absent of the right runes to boot a
vexpress model so I had to work from first principles to work it out.
Use the more modern -drive notation so alternative backends can be
used (unlike the hardwired -sd mode).

Signed-off-by: Alex Bennée <alex.bennee@linaro.org>
Cc: Anders Roxell <anders.roxell@linaro.org>
 docs/system/arm/vexpress.rst | 26 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 26 insertions(+)

diff --git a/docs/system/arm/vexpress.rst b/docs/system/arm/vexpress.rst
index 7f1bcbef07..30b1823b95 100644
--- a/docs/system/arm/vexpress.rst
+++ b/docs/system/arm/vexpress.rst
@@ -58,3 +58,29 @@ Other differences between the hardware and the QEMU model:
   ``vexpress-a15``, and have IRQs from 40 upwards. If a dtb is
   provided on the command line then QEMU will edit it to include
   suitable entries describing these transports for the guest.
+Booting a Linux kernel
+Building a current Linux kernel with ``multi_v7_defconfig`` should be
+enough to get something running.
+.. code-block:: bash
+  $ export ARCH=arm
+  $ export CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf-
+  $ make multi_v7_defconfig
+  $ make
+By default you will want to boot your rootfs of the sdcard interface.
+Your rootfs will need to be padded to the right size. With a suitable
+DTB you could also add devices to the virtio-mmio bus.
+.. code-block:: bash
+  $ qemu-system-arm -cpu cortex-a15 -smp 4 -m 4096 \
+      -machine type=vexpress-a15 -serial mon:stdio \
+      -drive if=sd,driver=file,filename=armel-rootfs.ext4 \
+      -kernel zImage  \
+      -dtb vexpress-v2p-ca15-tc1.dtb \
+      -append "console=ttyAMA0 root=/dev/mmcblk0 ro"

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