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I use EFI boot at present and I've read around including the manual here http://xenbits.xen.org/docs/4.2-testing/misc/efi.html where it says to build a xen.efi file to use in replace of /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi. From my reading this is so that Xen can handle EFI systems, it being the first thing that needs to load.
I need to pass in a EFI_VENDOR parameter so that the build process knows where to put the resulting xen.efi file but I can't fathom where to specify this properly. I've found this thread https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/x...l&comments=all and a few others that note about this parameter but nothing that describes the intended build steps needed.
Do I just edit the makefile and define this variable at the top? Would appreciate any pointers.
I downloaded the lastest binutils source and issued...
./configure --enable-targets=x86_64-pep --bindir=/usr/bin --with-sysroot=\
sudo make install
Found I needed to logout and back in for the changes to cement, confirm via "ld -V" and you now have i386pep in the list.
Xen 4.2.2 built rather easily then, the .efi binaries were located in /usr/lib64/efi/, I still haven't found a solution to setting the EFI_VENDOR variable although some posts seem to say the OP's are passing in parameters for the xen build like...
I've not tried this myself, I just cp'd the .efi file out of the /usr/lib64/efi location into my /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu dir./
The .efi seems to boot now, it looks and finds the .cfg file needed, my current problem is it says it can't locate the Dom0 Kernel so I'm now working through this.
Little more background on the binutils issue... http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.xen.user/76385
Accepted AnswerLars KurthOffline0Kelvin,
I think this is the type of question where you could a developer's input (and where a lot of users will be out-of-their depth). They tend to hang out on email@example.com ... you can send a mail to the list without subscribing. Just be concise. And when you do get an answer, it would be great if you could point to it from here (and mark the question as closed).The general build instructions are at http://wiki.xen.org/wiki/Compiling_Xen (if you have not seen them yet).
There was also some activity in the last few days on EFI - see "adjust x86 EFI build" in http://lists.xenproject.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2013-07/ - which may be relevant.
Accepted Answer0Hi Lars, really appreciate the help...your post prompted me to start reading around the mail list and linked me through to a few post that I think helped me with my issue. (New to mail lists :-\)
Firstly here http://xenbits.xen.org/docs/4.2-testing/misc/efi.html says that binutils needs to be configured to support x86_64-pep emulation (not really sure what this is yet).
This post http://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-users/2012-11/msg00043.html then advises on how to check your binutils build and its current capabilities. (Mine is missing i386pep or any references to *pep)
A search on binutils and this particular problem led me here http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.xen.user/76385 where the OP is having the exact same issues as myself. The thread advises how to read the xen build logs and I've now confirmed via this that my build is disabling EFI support due to the binutils mis-configuration.
So I'm going to try and solve my binutils config/build first before posting into the mail lists.
I'll come back and confirm my success or otherwise once I've read-up and tested further. (I'm not up on the proper etiquette so should I make this thread a resolved now as my problem is likely user error rather than anything undocumented or incorrect or wait until I've finished debugging this?)
Thanks for your help.