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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC 0/5] Split off mini-os to a separate tree

On 26 January 2015 at 17:56, Anil Madhavapeddy <anil@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 26 Jan 2015, at 17:42, Martin Lucina <martin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> talex5@xxxxxxxxx said:
>>> In case it's useful: for the standalone version of Mini-OS used by
>>> Mirage, I had to include these directories too:
>>> 1. xen/include/public
>>> 2. xen/common/libfdt
>>> 3. xen/include/xen/libfdt
>>> 4. config
>>> ( https://github.com/talex5/xen/tree/minios-releases )
>> Ah, so that's where the Mirage fork of Mini-OS lives. I knew there was one,
>> but not where. Any other forks please speak up :-)
>> Which parts of Mini-OS does Mirage actually use? I know you have an OCaml
>> implementation of netfront, for instance.
> Not very much of Mini-OS -- Mirage has everything from the ring protocol
> up (XenStore, NetBack/Front, BlkBack/Front, Console, etc are all in OCaml).
> So event channels and start of day boot, mainly.
> It is useful to have the C XenBus around for start-of-day logging though,
> since the emergency console isn't much use on public cloud services.

Actually, we don't use C XenBus either. The Mirage start_kernel is:

void start_kernel(void)

We don't use the scheduler or xenbus from Mini-OS. It's mainly startup
code, malloc and printk (for debug logging before Mirage's console
driver is ready), time and gnttab.

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