New in V45: Can also load the 3.9 exec.library, and can upgrade the ROM
fully automatically from disk. See below for details.
For a quick start, just run "ExtractModule" without any
arguments on an Os 3.9 system. This will place all modules
of the ROM Updates in the right places, and LoadModule AUTO
will pick them up correctly.
Purpose of LoadModule:
LoadModule installs so called "resident modules" in a reset-proof way,
possibly replacing ROM modules by disk-based modules, similar to what
SetPatch and its "ROM-Updates" mechanism does. "Resident modules" are
loadable binaries containing a special structure telling the Os how to
initialize them and what to perform on initialization - Amiga libraries
and devices are the canonical example of these modules, the "ram-handler"
"LoadModule" can be used to install these resident modules in a reset
proof way such that they are available immediately at system bootstrap
time. This is desired whenever a module is required for booting, as
for example some of modules in the Amiga-Os ROM-Updates. "LoadModule"
can therefore be used as a more canonical form of the ROM-Updates since
it does not require an undocumented file format - modules have to be
provided as loadable disk based binaries in their most canonical form,
and can be kept in their canonical location. For example, the V45
"console.device" could be kept in DEVS: similar to all other devices.
"LoadModule" can be used as well to replace the ROM-based icon and
workbench.libraries by their disk-based 3.5 and 3.9 replacments, or
to make modules reset-proof that are typically disk-based, for example
the diskfont.library or the mmu.library.
- Requires modules as loadable binaries in a canonical and documented
file format rather than requiring an undocumented file structure.
- Checksums all modules such that damaged modules will be detected.
- May place modules in non-MEMF_KICK-able memory using some "arcane
magic" for boards where no autoconfigurable memory is available,
provided this memory is reset-persistent. This goes for most A2K
based GVP accelerators.
- May or may not cause a reboot and can therefore be bundled with
Os 3.5/3.9 SetPatch and MuMove4K.
- Before rebooting, ensures that disk buffers are written out to
avoid invalidated disks.
- Allows listing of the installed resident modules.
- Can be told to remove itself when required.
- Can be extended by means of MuProtectModules to optionally
write protect some ROM modules.
- Also supports loading a new exec.library (system core) into RAM
- Can automatically replace ROM modules by checking the disk contents.
- It's free! (But check the licence conditions below.)
MODULE/M: Several file names of resident modules to be made
reset-resident. The file names need not to correspond
to the names of the resident modules, though.
"LoadModule" will figure out the correct names itself.
The module names can also be specified by wildcards
which will be resolved by LoadModule automatically.
LIST/S: List all resident modules installed by "LoadModule"
NOREBOOT/S: Avoid a reboot even if this would be apropriate. This
is useful for cascading "LoadModule" with other tools
that would reboot the machine anyhow, e.g. MuMove4K.
"LoadModule" tries to reboot the machine whenever it
is invoked for the first time and no resident modules
are found, or whenever it shall be removed and some
modules are installed.
IGNOREVERIFY: Ignore invalid or non-validated devices when rebooting.
Otherwise, LoadModule would abort the reboot process
printing a warning message.
This is useful if you must work with a damaged drive
always returning an error status.
This will also disable the smart shut-down mechanism
which would otherwise shut down all filing-system
devices in a "friendly" way.
NOMEMFKICK: Use MEMF_PUBLIC memory to keep the resident modules.
This also overrides the ALLTOCHIP flag.
Note: This requires some magic *and* reset-persistent
memory. It should be used *only* in case
a) otherwise MEMF_CHIP or 16-bit memory would be used
and this is not tolerateable
b) you really really really know what you're doing.
REVERSE: Allocate resident modules "upside down" moving them
in the top area of the memory. It is usually a good
idea to use this option.
HEADERFORWARDS: Allocate the resident part of LoadModule itself in
non-reverse sense. This resident part will install
and replace all resident modules by the disk-based
modules on a reboot and *MUST* go into MEMF_KICK able
memory (no magic here!). It is by default allocated
"upside down", but this can be disabled in case it
conflicts with some programs.
REMOVE: Removes "LoadModule" and its modules from the
reset-resident list and causes a reboot, unless
NOREBOOT is given. In that case, removal is delayed
up to the next reboot.
AUTO: Will automatically scan the system disk for modules
that replace the ROM contents and will upgrade them.
This will augment the list of modules provided through
the MODULE argument.
See the separate "Modules.readme" file for the precise
path where LoadModule will check. For the impatient
readers: It is exactly where you would expect them,
plus a couple of additional places.
The modules from the AmigaOs 3.9 "ROM Updates" can be
placed on disk by typing the command "ExtractModules"
on the shell. This will perform the module extraction
automatically and will place the modules in the right
EXECTOCHIP: Will instruct LoadModule to place the critical exec
library in chip memory instead of trying to detect a
suitable RAM type itself. The system may then boot
slower than necessary due to the rather slow chip
memory access. Exec (and other system modules) can
be remapped to faster RAM type during the boot process
MuProtectModules ON REMAP
MuProtectModules is part of the MuTools package and
available separately. Note that you need V45 or later.
ALLTOCHIP: Enforce that all resident modules, even the non-
critical ones (i.e. all except exec) go to chip memory
while this should rarely be possible, it might be
necessary on machines whose firmware announces memory
types incorrectly. This flag is overridden by
DOWNGRADE: Also allow to replace an existing module by a module
of the same or lower revision.
DANGEROUS! THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED! MODULES HAVE
VERSIONS FOR REASONS.
The following one-liner places the Os 3.5/3.9 based icon and workbench
libraries on the reset-resident list replacing the ROM-modules. This
line should go into the startup-sequence *in front of SetPatch*
(as otherwise SetPatch does this job anyhow by a different approach...)
LoadModule LIBS:icon.library LIBS:workbench.library reverse
The following lines show how to bundle LoadModule with MuMove4K as to
avoid a double reboot:
LoadModule LIBS:icon.library LIBS:workbench.library reverse noreboot
The next example demonstrates how one could replace the ROM-Updates
mechanism of SetPatch provided you would have the modules as separate
files on disk. It also disables NSD.
LoadModule LIBS:icon.library LIBS:workbench.library +
DEVS:console.device L:Ram-Handler L:FastFileSystem +
SetPatch NOROMUPDATE NONSD >NIL:
A simpler version of the above detects all modules automatically:
SetPatch NOROMUPDATE NONSD >NIL:
Finally, the same on a GVP accelerator without autoconfiguring 32 bit
memory placing the modules in MEMF_PUBLIC instead. MuProtectModules is
here used to relocate the memory to the 32bit RAM while booting:
LoadModule AUTO NOMEMFKICK EXECTOCHIP
SetPatch NOROMUPDATE NONSD >NIL:
MuProtectModules ON REMAP
List the installed resident modules:
Modules may be extracted from the ROM-Updates file using the ExtractModule
command included in this archive.
FROM/K: The ROM-Updates file containing resident modules. Defaults
to "DEVS:AmigaOS ROM Update".
MODULE/N: The sequence number of the module to extract. I leave it as
an "easy exercise" how to identify the extracted module.
If no module is given, LoadModule will extract all modules.
TO: The file that will contain the extracted module. If not given,
ExtractModule will pick a location for you. See the
"Modules.readme" file for details.
This is the first release. It was more or less written because I don't
like the ROM-Updates mechanism overly, especially its requirement for an
undocumented file format - and as favour for Ralph Babel in return for a
new Guru-ROM and helping me on my SCSI configuration.
LoadModule does no longer require 32K alignment for each of its modules,
32K alignment for the complete set of modules is now enough. However, this
requires release 40.2 of MuProtectModules or higher if module protection
Forgot to NULL terminate the resident list which could have caused crashes
on some systems. Fixed the "REMOVE" option which did not work properly.
Some format strings of the "LoadModule" failure messages were corrupt. This
has been fixed now.
Fixed handling of RELOC32SHORT hunks, I forgot the pad-word. (*sigh*)
Fixed the installation of resident modules that did not conflict with one
of the ROM resident modules. LoadModule could have run into an endless
loop in the previous releases if you tried to install a non-ROM segment.
Fixed again the installation of additional resident modules.
LoadModules failed to initialize the new modules completely
in this case due to the way how exec runs the init modules.
Fixed in 40.10. Thanks to Christian Sauer and Etienne Vogt
for reporting the bug.
Fixed the new module initialization bug again as Thomas only had the source
code for version 40.9 in his backups. Fixed allocation of the stack saveback
area so it is not cleared and other resident stuff that may be located at
memory top is not wiped out. Made LoadModule 2.04 compatible by reverting
to the more restrictive MEMF_LOCAL memory attribute under 2.04 KickStart
instead of the 3.0+ MEMF_KICK.
This release merges the changes Etienne made back into the main development
branch. No functional changes.
Apparently, MEMF_KICK is broken on some installations in 3.0, and thus
is no longer the default for resident modules unless a 3.1 system is found.
NOMEMFKICK now also applies to the resident part of LoadModule itself
except that it will then try MEMF_LOCAL instead as MEMF_PUBLIC is definitely
unsuitable for the resident part of LoadModule itself. Note that for some
kickstarts, MEMF_REVERSE is also broken - try then HEADERFORWARDS.
A major rework of the program. The exec.library can now be loaded as well,
though the mechanism is a bit different to the trick used by SetPatch (and
simpler, too.). "expansion.library" is the only library that cannot be
replaced by LoadModules on all systems - the same goes for SetPatch.
Added the "AUTO" switch to scan the disk automatically for replacment modules,
manual selection of modules is no longer necessary.
Module names are now also allowed to be wild-cards. LoadModule will resolve
them automatically and will remove duplicates before attempting to load any.
Added the DOWNGRADE option due to popular demand. Note that this is not
recommended. Added the ALLTOCHIP option as last resort for machines whose
memory types are announced incorrectly. Refined the requirements for the
memory types for exec as apparently there are boards in the wild that provide
MEMF_LOCAL memory that is not suitable for kick tags.
The previous release could not change the priority of ROM resident modules,
or rather, it did not leave the list of resident modules sorted by priority
as it should. This has been fixed. Also fixed (probably) the non-working
DOWNGRADE option of the 45.6 release.
LoadModule uses MEMF_LOCAL memory in case it is told not to try MEMF_KICK.
Unfortunately, this memory type is broken in at least two cases: First,
Ranger memory (at 0x00c00000) is unfortunately corrupted during a reset
due to a bug in the exec coldstart function, so is not usable. Second, there
is at least one CD32 memory expansion that incorrectly announces its memory
as MEMF_LOCAL, even though the memory does go away on reset. This release
tries to detect such cases and automatically reverts to chip memory for
the critical system parts. Resident modules itself, except for exec, will
still go to regular memory if the NOMEMFKICK flag is provided.
MuProtectModules REMAP did strange and wonderful things if used jointly
with LoadModule, and the system was reset and not exactly in the same
shape (or something else used up the memory for the modules). Bummer!
This version will reset the internal state variables of MuProtectModules,
avoiding the issue after a reset.
This version fixes a bug in the system identification which called the
ReadGayle() function of exec. Unfortunately, due to incomplete addressing,
this call would trash registers of FatGary on the A3000, turning every
reboot into a coldstart. Furthermore, a MuForce hit was detected whenever
the AUTO option was used without any user-specified module list. This
release includes a _debug variant which outputs helpful information on
the serial port at 9600-8N1 you may want to use to identify problems.
This release blacklists the 68040.library, the 68060.library and the
ppc.library from being automatically loaded through AUTO. Unfortunately,
some vendors decided to provide non-ROMable versions of their system
libraries while putting non-equivalent versions in ROM.
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