OFW unsecure kernel/initramfs load from zip file

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Wed Sep 21 17:39:22 EDT 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 04:21:42PM +0100, Daniel Drake wrote:
> One lingering question is how OFW deals with mounting/unmounting.
> I know that some words (in some contexts?) cause the disk to be
> mounted, then the command to be executed, then the disk unmounted.

Every open effectively causes a device initialisation and read of
filesystem metadata.  It is one reason why external SD is so slow for
multiple operations on XO-1.5; there's a coded delay for allowing the
card supply rail to fall far enough for the card to reset.

But OpenFirmware isn't doing anything else, so the operations tend to be
reasonably fast.

> Will the previously attached code cause a lot of mounts/unmounts?

Yes.  bundle-present? place-ramdisk ?ofw-reflash $file-exists?

> I'm particularly worried that it would slow down boot noticably. The
> ideal of course is that it only gets mounted once, before this code
> executes.

Measure it.  In stages if necessary.  Enclose sections in t( )t pairs.


" last:\boot\vmlinuz" 2dup
t( $file-exists? ." time: vmlinuz existence" )t cr

James Cameron

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