Saturday, April 16, 2016

FreeBSD-10.3/sparc64 under QEMU

I made a wrong statement on the debian-sparc mailing list, saying that the upstream qemu-system-sparc64 can already boot FreeBSD. As it turned out I spent too little time with the upstream QEMU. This made me feel obliged to fix it. This is how it's going to look in the QEMU 2.6.0, if my patches get accepted:

$ qemu-system-sparc64 -nographic -m 1024 -boot d -cdrom FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso
FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE #0 r297264: Fri Mar 25 06:26:08 UTC 2016 sparc64
gcc version 4.2.1 20070831 patched [FreeBSD]

Console type [vt100]: xterm

When finished, type 'exit' to return to the installer.
# uname -a
FreeBSD  10.3-RELEASE FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE #0 r297264: Fri Mar 25 06:26:08 UTC 2016  sparc64
# ls
.cshrc          HARDWARE.HTM    bin             libexec         sbin
.profile        HARDWARE.TXT    boot            media           sys
.rr_moved       README.HTM      dev             mnt             tmp
COPYRIGHT       README.TXT      docbook.css     proc            usr
ERRATA.HTM      RELNOTES.HTM    etc             rescue          var
ERRATA.TXT      RELNOTES.TXT    lib             root
So, after all my statement should be correct. :-)
A pity the sun4v port of NetBSD is discontinued. So it's only for sun4u for now.