Add kexec-tools functionality to busybox

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Add kexec-tools functionality to busybox
Simon Horman


This project was suggested to me by Magnus Damm who in turn suggested that I propose it here. I believe that he has already spoken about it with Tim Bird in person.

kexec-tools is the user-space portion of kexec. It is a not entirely small code-base with support for a wide range of architectures and features. For example, it includes support for kdump (kexec on panic) as well as regular run-in-place kexec. It seems that there is ample scope to create a trimmed down version of kexec-tools targeting the use of kexec with ROMs that use kexec as part of a boot loader.

The proposal is for an implementation in the form of an addition to busybox. A cortex v8 based ARM is the proposed initial target.

The existing kexec-tools code is licensed under the GPLv2, the same license as busybox, so it seems unlikely that there will be any licensing issues.

Related work


I estimate that this will take about 6 weeks to bring up to a standard where it can be submitted for merging into busybox. I anticipate an actual merge would take some more time.

Contractor Candidates

As the maintainer of the existing kexec-tools code I feel well placed to implement this proposal. As such I would like to nominate myself to write this code.


Greg Ungerer writes:

In every case where I use kexec in a linux-as-bootloader setup
I also have busybox. (On the platforms where I do this there is
generally a small amount of NOR flash (~4MB) for the boot loader,
so a busybox user space is a must to keep it small).