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[Qemu-ppc] [PATCH 2/2] hw/ppc: deprecate the machine type 'prep', replac

From: Hervé Poussineau
Subject: [Qemu-ppc] [PATCH 2/2] hw/ppc: deprecate the machine type 'prep', replaced by '40p'
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2018 22:40:10 +0200

- prep machine is a fictional machine, so has no specifications. Which
  devices can be changed/added/removed without impact? Are interrupts
  correctly mapped?
- prep firmware (OHW) has support only for IDE drives (no SCSI).
  Booting from IDE has been broken approximatively 3 years ago, and nobody 
- OHW is limited on IDE boot to a specific set of OS loaders.
  These operating systems are of the 2004 time frame.
- OHW can use -kernel. Linux kernel freezes a long time after PS/2 mouse
  detection, and then screen becomes garbage. This was already broken in
  QEMU v2.7, 2 years ago, and nobody complained.

On the other side:
- 40p is a real machine, so emulation can be checked against
  hardware specifications
- OpenBIOS has support for SCSI block devices, including 40p LSI adapter
- OpenBIOS can start mostly all Linux kernels (including recent ones)
  and recent operating system (like NetBSD 7.1.2)

Signed-off-by: Hervé Poussineau <address@hidden>
 hw/ppc/prep.c | 1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/hw/ppc/prep.c b/hw/ppc/prep.c
index 1558855247..fbcaebabc0 100644
--- a/hw/ppc/prep.c
+++ b/hw/ppc/prep.c
@@ -676,6 +676,7 @@ static void ppc_prep_init(MachineState *machine)
 static void prep_machine_init(MachineClass *mc)
+    mc->deprecation_reason = "use 40p machine type instead";
     mc->desc = "PowerPC PREP platform";
     mc->init = ppc_prep_init;
     mc->block_default_type = IF_IDE;

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