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20070616	Implementing the MIPS32/64 revision 2 "ror" instruction.
20070617	Adding a struct for each physpage which keeps track of which
		ranges within that page (base offset, length) that are
		continuously translatable. When running with native code
		generation enabled (-b), a range is added after each read-
		ahead loop.
		Experimenting with using the physical program counter sample
		data (implemented 20070608) together with the "translatable
		range" information, to figure out which physical address ranges
		would be worth translating to native code (if the number of
		samples falling within a range is above a certain threshold).
20070618	Adding automagic building of .index comment files for
		src/file/, src/promemul/, src src/useremul/ as well.
		Adding a "has been translated" bit to the ranges, so that only
		not-yet-translated ranges will be sampled.
20070619	Moving src/cpu.c and src/memory_rw.c into src/cpus/,
		src/device.c into src/devices/, and src/machine.c into
		src/machines/.
		Creating a skeleton cc/ld native backend module; beginning on
		the function which will detect cc command line, etc.
20070620	Continuing on the native code generation infrastructure.
20070621	Moving src/x11.c and src/console.c into a new src/console/
		subdir (for everything that is console or framebuffer related).
		Moving src/symbol*.c into a new src/symbol/, which should
		contain anything that is symbol handling related.
20070624	Making the program counter sampling threshold a "settings
		variable" (sampling_threshold), i.e. it can now be changed
		during runtime.
		Switching the RELEASE notes format from plain text to HTML.
		If the TMPDIR environment variable is set, it is used instead
		of "/tmp" for temporary files.
		Continuing on the cc/ld backend: simple .c code is generated,
		the compiler and linker are called, etc.
		Adding detection of host architecture to the configure script
		(again), and adding icache invalidation support (only
		implemented for Alpha hosts so far).
20070625	Simplifying the program counter sampling mechanism.
20070626	Removing the cc/ld native code generation stuff, program
		counter sampling, etc; it would not have worked well in the
		general case.
20070627	Removing everything related to native code generation.
20070629	Removing the (practically unusable) support for multiple
		emulations. (The single emulation allowed now still supports
		multiple simultaneous machines, as before.)
		Beginning on PCCTWO and M88K interrupts.
20070723	Adding a dummy skeleton for emulation of M32R processors.
20070901	Fixing a warning found by "gcc version 4.3.0 20070817
		(experimental)" on amd64.
20070905	Removing some more traces of the old "multiple emulations"
		code.
		Also looking in /usr/local/include and /usr/local/lib for
		X11 libs, when running configure.
20070909	Minor updates to the guest OS install instructions, in
		preparation for the NetBSD 4.0 release.
20070918	More testing of NetBSD 4.0 RC1.

1 dpavlin 44 <html><head><title>Gavare's eXperimental Emulator:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Release notes</title>
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7     <b>GXemul:</b></font>&nbsp;&nbsp;
8     <font color="#000000" size="6"><b>Release notes</b>
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10    
11     <!-- $Id: RELEASE.html,v 1.8 2007/09/11 21:46:35 debug Exp $ -->
12    
13    
14     <h2>Release notes for GXemul 0.4.6.1</h2>
15    
16     <p><i>Copyright (C) 2003-2007 Anders Gavare</i>
17    
18    
19     <p><br>GXemul is a framework for full-system computer architecture emulation.
20     Several processor architectures and machine types have been implemented.
21     It is working well enough to allow <a href="doc/guestoses.html">unmodified
22     "guest" operating systems to run inside the emulator</a>,
23     as if they were running on real hardware.
24    
25     <p>The emulator emulates (networks of) real machines. The machines may
26     consist of ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, and SuperH processors, and various
27     surrounding hardware components such as framebuffers, busses, interrupt
28     controllers, ethernet controllers, disk controllers, and serial port
29     controllers.
30    
31     <p>The <a href="doc/index.html">documentation</a> lists the machines and
32     guest operating systems that
33     can be regarded as "working" in GXemul. The best working guest operating
34     systems are <a href="doc/guestoses.html#netbsdpmaxinstall">NetBSD/pmax</a>
35     and <a href="doc/guestoses.html#netbsdcatsinstall">NetBSD/cats</a>.
36    
37    
38     <p><br>The changes between release 0.4.6 and 0.4.6.1 include:
39    
40     <ul>
41    
42     <li>NetBSD 4.0 has been released. The installation instructions
43     in GXemul's documentation have been updated to reflect this.
44    
45     <p><ul>
46     <li>In most cases this simply means that NetBSD 4.0 is now
47     supported instead of NetBSD 3.1.
48     </ul>
49    
50     <p>Some specifics worth mentioning are:
51    
52     <p><ul>
53     <li>For NetBSD/pmax, the change from 3.1 to 4.0 means that
54     X Windows is now working again out-of-the-box. (Simply
55     run <tt>startx</tt> as root to start X.)
56     <li>For NetBSD/arc, the supported version has jumped from
57     1.6.2 to 4.0.
58     <li>NetBSD/prep is unfortunately still at 2.0.
59     </ul>
60    
61     </ul>
62    
63     <p>Please read the <a href="HISTORY">HISTORY</a> file for more details.
64    
65    
66     <p><br>Files included in this release are:<pre>
67     <a href="HISTORY">HISTORY</a> Detailed revision history / changelog.
68     <a href="LICENSE">LICENSE</a> Copyright message / license.
69     <a href="README">README</a> Quick start instructions, for the impatient.
70     RELEASE.html This file.
71     <a href="TODO">TODO</a> TODO notes.
72     configure, Makefile.skel sh and make scripts for building GXemul.
73     <a href="demos/">demos/</a> Tutorial-like demos of testmachine functionality.
74     <a href="doc/">doc/</a> Documentation.
75     <a href="experiments/">experiments/</a> Experimental code. (Usually not needed.)
76     <a href="man/">man/</a> Man page.
77     <a href="src/">src/</a> Source code.
78     </pre>
79    
80     <p>To build the emulator, run the <tt>configure</tt> script, and then run
81     <tt>make</tt>. This should work on most Unix-like systems, with few or no
82     modifications to the source code.
83    
84     <p>Regarding files in the <tt>src/include/</tt> directory: only some of
85     these are written by me, the rest are from other sources (such as NetBSD).
86     The license text says that "All advertising materials mentioning features
87     or use of this software" must display acknowledgements. Even though I do
88     <i>not</i> feel that I mention features or use of the header files (the
89     "software") in any advertising materials, I am still very grateful for the
90     fact that these people have made their files available for re-use, as Free
91     software, so regardless of legal requirements, I guess thanking them like
92     this is in order:<pre>
93     This product includes software developed by the University of
94     California, Berkeley and its contributors.
95    
96     This product includes software developed for the
97     NetBSD Project. See <a href="http://www.netbsd.org/">http://www.netbsd.org/</a> for
98     information about NetBSD.
99    
100     This product includes software developed by Jonathan Stone for
101     the NetBSD Project.
102    
103     This product includes software developed for the NetBSD Project
104     by Matthias Drochner.
105    
106     This product includes software developed by the NetBSD
107     Foundation, Inc. and its contributors.
108    
109     This product includes software developed by Christopher G. Demetriou.
110     [for the NetBSD Project.]
111    
112     This product includes software developed by Adam Glass.
113    
114     This product includes software developed by the PocketBSD project
115     and its contributors.
116    
117     This product includes software developed by Peter Galbavy.
118    
119     Carnegie Mellon University (multiple header files,
120     no specific advertisement text required)
121    
122     This product includes software developed by Charles M. Hannum.
123    
124     This product includes software developed under <a href="http://www.openbsd.org/">OpenBSD</a> by Per Fogelström.
125    
126     This product includes software developed by Per Fogelström.
127    
128     This product includes software developed at Ludd, University of
129     Luleå, Sweden and its contributors.
130    
131     This product includes software developed by Hellmuth Michaelis
132     and Joerg Wunsch
133    
134     The font(s) in devices/fonts are Copyright (c) 1992, 1993, 1994
135     by Hellmuth Michaelis and Joerg Wunsch. ("This product includes software
136     developed by Hellmuth Michaelis and Joerg Wunsch", well, the font
137     is maybe not software, but still...)
138    
139     impactsr-bsd.h is Copyright (C) 2004 by Stanislaw Skowronek.
140    
141     This product includes software developed for the NetBSD Project by
142     Wasabi Systems, Inc. [by Simon Burge]
143    
144     arcbios_other.h is Copyright (c) 1996 M. Warner Losh.
145    
146     This product includes software developed by Marc Horowitz.
147    
148     This product includes software developed by Brini.
149    
150     This product includes software developed by Mark Brinicombe
151     for the NetBSD Project.
152    
153     This product includes software developed by TooLs GmbH.
154    
155     This product includes software developed by Manuel Bouyer.
156    
157     This product includes software developed by the Alice Group.
158    
159     This product includes software developed by Ichiro FUKUHARA.
160    
161     This product includes software developed by Marcus Comstedt.
162    
163     This product includes software developed by Bill Paul.
164    
165     This product includes software developed by Nivas Madhur.
166     </pre>
167    
168     <p>Also, <tt>src/include/alpha_rpb.h</tt> requires the following:<pre>
169     Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 Carnegie-Mellon University.
170     All rights reserved.
171    
172     Author: Keith Bostic, Chris G. Demetriou
173    
174     Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software and
175     its documentation is hereby granted, provided that both the copyright
176     notice and this permission notice appear in all copies of the
177     software, derivative works or modified versions, and any portions
178     thereof, and that both notices appear in supporting documentation.
179     </pre>
180    
181     <p>See individual files for license details, if you plan to redistribute
182     GXemul or reuse code.
183    
184     <p>GXemul's homepage is
185     <a href="http://gavare.se/gxemul/">http://gavare.se/gxemul/</a>.
186    
187     <p>If you have found GXemul useful in some way, or feel like sending me
188     comments or feedback in general, then mail me at
189     <tt>anders(<i>@At</i>)gavare.se</tt>.
190    
191    
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