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Old 08-28-2015, 01:13 PM   #1
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Help needed to boot arm image using qemu

I seem to going round in circles with qemu trying to boot a arm image. Many examples on the net(for a raspberry pi) says something along these lines which should work.
qemu-system-arm -kernel kernel-qemu -cpu arm1176 -m 512 -M versatilepb -no-reboot -serial stdio -append "root=/dev/sda panic=1" -hda /home/me/2014-06-20-wheezy-raspbian.img -redir tcp:5022::22
but it's not happening for me, qemu either crashes or hangs(I don't know how to display debugging information). If I remove -no-reboot from the above qemu will loop through 'Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel'. I'm guessing it's not booting because of the kernel-qemu image I downloaded from git-hub so I did a search on how to build a arm kernel for qemu and found two options one using busybox and the other using coreboot.
My question is
1- Can I boot a arm image without using kernel-qemu, if I can do you have an example.
2- If I need to build a kernel image what should I use busybox or coreboot, this will be my first attempt at doing something like this.
3- I'm looking for a general and hopefully easy solution to boot any arm image not just for a raspberry pi.

Old 09-06-2015, 12:34 AM   #2
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It sounds like a kernel and no init. I could be really, really wrong.

I don't know if Linux From Scratch is still going, but you need to get up to speed on boot process using that distro.

You should be able to handle an ARM system after that. I used busybox back in the day.


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