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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] x86/EFI: define and use EFI_DIR make variable, defaulting to /usr/lib64/efi

>>> On 23.07.12 at 10:43, Ian Campbell <Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, 2012-07-23 at 09:20 +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> >>> On 23.07.12 at 10:05, Olaf Hering <olaf@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Mon, Jul 23, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> > 
>> >> >>> On 17.07.12 at 01:50, Matt Wilson <msw@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >> > # HG changeset patch
>> >> > # User Matt Wilson <msw@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> >> > # Date 1342481836 0
>> >> > # Branch efi
>> >> > # Node ID dd1ab0cae2c870942c2e1b6bc3a507b1a40dae16
>> >> > # Parent  9950f2dc2ee6dfd172258a5a4ee29809b0ff8263
>> >> > x86/EFI: define and use EFI_DIR make variable, defaulting to 
> /usr/lib64/efi
>> >> > 
>> >> > After commit 25594:ad08cd8e7097, EFI Xen binaries were installed to
>> >> > /efi instead of /usr/lib64/efi. This patch restores the previous
>> >> > behviour established in commit 23645:638f31a30b6c.
>> >> 
>> >> I don't follow - what you say suggests that $(LIBDIR) is empty,
>> >> which certainly isn't the case for me and hence would need
>> >> explanation of the circumstances under which this happens.
>> > 
>> > how is LIBDIR set in your environment?
>> It's not set at all, I'm using what gets defined in config/*.mk.
> 25594:ad08cd8e7097 moved LIBDIR to configure and config/Tools.mk so it's
> not available under xen any more because a) we decided that we didn't
> want to require configure to be run before building the hypervisor and
> b) nobody spotted that the EFI stuff under xen/ used LIBDIR (it's not
> built by make dist? that's what I checked when I tested it).

It may not get built if your tool chain is too old. Do you see
xen/xen.efi after the build? If so, I'd also expect it to get

In any case, moving LIBDIR to the tools' configury process
may need to be revisisted.

> What is this stuff installed in /usr/lib*/efi anyway? I suppose it isn't
> boot time stuff (which should go in /boot or /boot/efi). 

It *is* boot time stuff, and is does *not* belong into /boot.
When putting this together, I was told that the EFI partition
has to be considered volatile (i.e. may get destroyed and
re-created at any time). This is why elilo.efi also has its real
home under /usr, not under /boot/efi.

> We already have EFI_MOUNTPOINT under xen/*, I think EFI_DIR under there
> (or in config/*) is fine also.

That part wasn't controversial (if generally useful), but imo it
shouldn't expand to an open-coded path (unless put into


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