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Lede by example#

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:51:52 +0000

My GL-MT300A arrived just as I was about to go on holiday. This is how far I've got -

Serial console

These things are, if not actually made for DIY purposes, at least very tolerant to such uses. Take it out of its case and you find three standard 0.1" header pins on the PCB labelled "TX", "RX", "GND" - connect each of them to something that speaks TTL serial (I used a Raspberry Pi) and set the baud rate to 115200. Worked first time.

"The U is for Uninitialized"-Boot

I commented previously about the differences one may encounter between two devices both of which run the allegedly "Universal" U-Boot boot loader. This time I couldn't work out why my tftp downloads were loading into memory at offset 0 instead of, say, 0x811f8000. Until I realised that (i) it no longer sufficed to say

setenv rootaddr 11f8000
setenv rootaddr_useg 0x$rootaddr
setenv rootaddr_ks0 0x8$rootaddr

and I must now surround environment variable references with curly braces.

setenv rootaddr 11f8000
setenv rootaddr_useg 0x${rootaddr}
setenv rootaddr_ks0 0x8${rootaddr}

and (ii) on this device, double quotes around the value of a setenv are no longer special, so

  setenv bootn "foo;bar"
will set the value of bootn to "foo and then attempt to run the command bar". Which typically doesn't work all that well.

Hello darkness my old friend

Having made the relevant changes I was able to get the following output:

## Booting image at 81000000 ... Image Name: Linux-4.9.76 Image Type: MIPS Linux Kernel Image (lzma compressed) Data Size: 1705466 Bytes = 1.6 MB Load Address: 80001000 Entry Point: 803fa9c0 Verifying Checksum ... OK Uncompressing Kernel Image ... OK No initrd ## Transferring control to Linux (at address 803fa9c0) ... ## Giving linux memsize in MB, 128

Starting kernel ...

followed by indefinite but emphatic silence, and various bouts of fiddling with CONFIG_EARLY_PRINTK and stuff have not yet persuaded it to loosen up. Currently I am running LEDE in a Docker container to see what it does, and diffing its .config with mine. This has shown up a couple of things that I've now added to my configuration, but I am only going to get one shot at running it before I go home, because at 70 miles distant from the hardware I can't reach across and power cycle it.