[SeaBIOS] [PATCHv6 00/16] boot order specification

Gerd Hoffmann kraxel at redhat.com
Mon Nov 29 11:50:45 CET 2010


>> If scsi card has optionrom with only one bcv then Seabios can determine
>> its boot order from device path, so why not provide user with this
>> option today?
> It's unclear to me how SeaBIOS is supposed to do that.

Try to keep track of which bcv/bev belongs to which pci device?  It 
should surely work for devices supported by seabios natively.  SeaBIOS 
should also know which device's rom registered which entry.  It might 
become tricky though in case there are multiple identical devices are 
present, say two e1000 cards, where the first rom could register entries 
for both cards ...

> Maybe we can compromise here - if the user selects booting from a
> device, and qemu sees there is a rom for that device, then qemu can
> specify two boot options:
> /pci at i0cf8/ethernet at 4/ethernet-phy at 0
> /pci at i0cf8/rom at 4
> SeaBIOS will ignore the first entry, and act on the second entry.

SeaBIOS should be able to operate just fine with the first entry. 
"ethernet at 4" means "the nic at bus address 4".  As this is a PCI bus "4" 
is the pci address.  So SeaBIOS would just look what entries it has for 
"00:04.0", run the rom, and ignore the "/ethernet-phy at 0" part as it 
can't handle it.

In case of scsi seabios can look at the next path element to figure the 
scsi id.  With native support it should be able to boot the correct disk 
directly.  When booting via rom it can either just pick the first entry 
unconditionally (probably good enougth in 99% of the cases) or do some 
guesswork based on the order the entries are registered.

> BTW, how are PCI locations specified in these paths?  They should have
> a (bus, dev, fn) - your examples only seem to show dev.  How are the
> other parts specified?

fn is optional for fn=0, IIRC the syntax is "$class@$dev,$fn".

Bus is specified via location in the tree, i.e. you'll see the bridge 
for the secondary pci bus in the path, like this:

/pci at i0cf8/bridge at 7/ethernet at 3/...

(not sure it is actually named 'bridge' in the openfirmware specs though).


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