Commit dc396210 authored by Simon Glass's avatar Simon Glass Committed by Bin Meng

x86: Mention how to boot a 64-bit kernel from U-Boot

The README indicates that this is not supported, but this is no-longer true.
Update the text to indicate this and describe the FIT changes required.
Signed-off-by: default avatarSimon Glass <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarBin Meng <>
parent 5d98c5ec
......@@ -85,3 +85,7 @@ For x86 a setup node is also required: see x86-fit-boot.txt.
Note: the above assumes a 32-bit kernel. To directly boot a 64-bit kernel,
change both arch values to "x86_64". U-Boot will then change to 64-bit mode
before booting the kernel (see boot_linux_kernel()).
......@@ -63,9 +63,8 @@ executed.
Build the kernel
Note: these instructions assume a 32-bit kernel. U-Boot does not currently
support booting a 64-bit kernel as it has no way of going into 64-bit mode on
Note: these instructions assume a 32-bit kernel. U-Boot also supports directly
booting a 64-bit kernel by jumping into 64-bit mode first (see below).
You can build the kernel as normal with 'make'. This will create a file called
'vmlinux'. This is a standard ELF file and you can look at it if you like:
......@@ -168,8 +167,9 @@ Create a FIT
To create a FIT you will need a source file describing what should go in the
FIT. See kernel.its for an example for x86. Put this into a file called
FIT. See kernel.its for an example for x86 and also instructions on setting
the 'arch' value for booting 64-bit kernels if desired. Put this into a file
called image.its.
Note that setup is loaded to the special address of 0x90000 (a special address
you just have to know) and the kernel is loaded to 0x01000000 (the address you
......@@ -263,10 +263,6 @@ In the Linux kernel, Documentation/x86/boot.txt defines the boot protocol for
the kernel including the setup.bin format. This is handled in U-Boot in
arch/x86/lib/zimage.c and arch/x86/lib/bootm.c.
The procedure for entering 64-bit mode on x86 seems to be described here:
Various files in the same directory as this file describe the FIT format.
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