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Old 02-20-2005, 11:09 PM   #1
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What is the different between vmlinux and zImage?

Hi all,
I would like to ask:
Everytime i compile a new kernel image, there will be a runable image as zImage under <kernel directory>/arch/arm/boot/zImage and a file as "vmlinux" under the kernel direcotry:
# file vmlinux
vmlinux: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, ARM, version 1 (ARM), statically linked, not stripped

I would like to ask..what do that vmlinux used to as when i use the kgdb, i will use the vmlinux instead of zImage for cross-compiler section...

Old 02-21-2005, 03:10 AM   #2
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typically from what i've seen, "vmlinuz" is just a link to the systems kernel image which in your case is zImage.


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