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Mysterious first block in loader file for BF-533 EZ-KIT

Question asked by anr78 on Aug 10, 2009
Latest reply on Aug 10, 2009 by BarbaraZ

I'm trying to compile and test our code with the GCC Toolchain for Blackfin. I compile for SPI boot on a BF-533 EZ KIT. Since the gcc-loader I made didn't work, I decided to compare the loaders made by elfloader.exe and bfin-elf-ldr. Both files seem to have a structure like specified in the VDSP++ 5.0 Loader and Utilities Manual, though the ADI-tools add a lot more zero-fill blocks.


One thing that the ADI tools made but the GCC tools didn't, however, was this block at the start:


addr          count        flags   body

400080FF  04000000  1200  0E6F0000


The flags 1200 means Ignore block, Zero fill block, and setting of the processor type. If I remove this block from the ldr my ADI application won't boot either. Does anyone know why this block is here, and how/when it is added? Is it elfloader.exe that knows something that bfin-elf-ldr does not?