[PATCH 6/6 v3] doc: Update uefi documentation for initrd loading options

Ilias Apalodimas ilias.apalodimas at linaro.org
Sun Mar 14 20:05:38 CET 2021

Document the command line options for efidebug and initrd loading

Signed-off-by: Ilias Apalodimas <ilias.apalodimas at linaro.org>
 doc/uefi/uefi.rst | 22 +++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 21 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/doc/uefi/uefi.rst b/doc/uefi/uefi.rst
index b3494c22e073..d92a32016ec0 100644
--- a/doc/uefi/uefi.rst
+++ b/doc/uefi/uefi.rst
@@ -180,6 +180,12 @@ Set up boot parameters on your board::
     efidebug boot add -b 1 HELLO mmc 0:1 /helloworld.efi.signed ""
+Since kernel 5.7 there's an alternative way of loading an initrd using
+LoadFile2 protocol if CONFIG_EFI_LOAD_FILE2_INITRD is enabled.
+The initrd path can be specified with::
+    efidebug boot add -b ABE0 'kernel' mmc 0:1 Image -i mmc 0:1 initrd
 Now your board can run the signed image via the boot manager (see below).
 You can also try this sequence by running Pytest, test_efi_secboot,
 on the sandbox
@@ -484,7 +490,21 @@ The load file 2 protocol can be used by the Linux kernel to load the initial
 RAM disk. U-Boot can be configured to provide an implementation with::
-    EFI_INITRD_FILESPEC=interface dev:part path_to_initrd
+When the option is enabled the user can add the initrd path with the efidebug
+Load options Boot#### have a FilePathList[] member.  The first element of
+the array (FilePathList[0]) is the EFI binary to execute.  When an initrd
+is specified the Device Path for the initrd is denoted by a VenMedia node
+with the EFI_INITRD_MEDIA_GUID. Each entry of the array is terminated by the
+'end of entire device path' subtype (0xff). If a user wants to define multiple
+initrds, those must by separated by the 'end of this instance' identifier of
+the end node (0x01).
+So our final format of the FilePathList[] is::
+    Loaded image - end node (0xff) - VenMedia - initrd_1 - [end node (0x01) - initrd_n ...] - end node (0xff)

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