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Re: IA64 port

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: IA64 port
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:25:59 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 06:57:34AM +0100, Tristan Gingold wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 03:46:50PM +0100, Marco Gerards wrote:
> > Robert suggested some changes.  I also noticed in the discussion that
> > you didn't follow common practise (like an existing grub-mkimage
> > implementation).  Personally, as maintainer, I am against maintaining
> > two different approaches of the same problem.  It costs us time to
> > maintain this and both case have separate bugs.  So I rather see the
> > code shared, one way or the other.  To safe time, it might save you
> > some work if you initiate a discussion about this.
> The facts:
> util/i386/efi/grub-mkimage.c and elf2pe.c do almost the same thing: converting
> an ELF file to a PE file.  But:
> * the input format is slightly different (Elf32 vs Elf64)
> * the output format is slightly different (PE vs PE+)
> * the relocating work is different (x86 vs ia64, Rel vs Rela)
> * The entry point is a descriptor on ia64
> * grub-mkimage.c can insert modules in a section.

Sounds like they're very different.  Maybe it'd be fine to just change
the name and user interface from elf2pe.c to util/ia64/efi/grub-mkimage.c ?

What do you think?

Robert Millan

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