efi_loader/RISC-V: misaligned load when running grubriscv64.efi

Heinrich Schuchardt xypron.glpk at gmx.de
Thu Jul 30 12:03:28 CEST 2020

Dear Sean,

when trying to run grubriscv64.efi from the
trini/u-boot-gitlab-ci-runner:bionic-20200526-18Jun2020 Docker image on
a MAIXDUINO the relocations are not naturally aligned:

lib/efi_loader/efi_image_loader.c(133) efi_loader_relocate():

    efi_reloc 000000008030a000, offset 0x101e, type 10

Here we are trying to change an u64 at 0x8030B01E:

    uint64_t *x64 = efi_reloc + offset;
    *x64 += (uint64_t)delta;

This leads to an exception in function efi_loader_relocate():

    Unhandled exception: Load address misaligned
    EPC: 00000000805a95ac RA: 00000000805a953a TVAL: 000000008030b01e
    EPC: 000000008001c5ac RA: 000000008001c53a reloc

The GRUB image is available here:


On QEMU the GRUB image is executed without problems:


The UEFI specification requires for the ARM platform that unaligned
support is enabled. This is why we have implemented function

On RISC-V we have not yet implemented allow_unaligned() yet. Is there a
way to switch RISCV64 CPUs especially the Kendryte K210 into a mode
supporting unaligned access?

Best regards


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