[U-Boot] [PATCH 2/2] hello_world.c: fix entry point in case of arm thumb binary

Max Krummenacher max.oss.09 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 15 12:24:41 UTC 2017

Hello all

Am Montag, den 14.08.2017, 17:15 -0400 schrieb Tom Rini:

On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 11:03:46AM +0200, Max Krummenacher wrote:

If compiling for thumb the U-Boot 'go' command can not jump to the entry
point, as the jump will be done in the assumption that the code jumped to
is using the arm instruction set.

So add add a simple forwarder in arm instruction set which then jumps
to the 'real' entry.

Signed-off-by: Max Krummenacher <max.krummenacher at toradex.com>

This looks like a special case of what we're doing in f99993c10882 and
dc89c6fb778e and perhaps we need to move that kind of fixup around to
somewhere else, as I assume you've found this problem on a custom
application?  Or are you utilizing hello_world in some test suites?
Just curious, thanks!

I guess the difference to f99993c10882 and dc89c6fb778e is that one
knows from armv7m that the CPU is thumb only while on an armv7a
potentially both arm and thumb mode can be used.

Actually a customer asked how to run hello_world.bin, so I
tested with our regular defconfig and the produced hello_world.bin.

I'm having 'CONFIG_SYS_THUMB_BUILD=y' in e.g.
configs/colibri_imx6_nospl_defconfig thus all of the U-Boot code
including hello_world.c is compiled for thumb.

If I boot that U-Boot, load hello_world.bin into RAM at
I get output from the go command and then the CPU resets.

    Colibri iMX6 # tftp 0x12000000 hello_world.bin
    Colibri iMX6 # go 0x12000000                                                     
    ## Starting application at 0x12000000 ...                                       

With the patch I get the expected output.

But actually calling the 'go' command with bit 0 set works. So if
the user knows that he is having a thumb binary that would fix
the issue as well. With the current implementation the following works:

    Colibri iMX6 # go 0x12000001                                                    
    ## Starting application at 0x12000001 ...                                       
    Example expects ABI version 9                                                   
    Actual U-Boot ABI version 9                                                     
    Hello World                                                                     
    argc = 1                                                                        
    argv[0] = "0x12000001"                                                          
    argv[1] = "<NULL>"                                                              
    Hit any key to exit ...                                                         


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