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Automatic login and to decrease booting time in soc

Hii Everyone, 

I've been looking everywhere and could not find any correct resources to help me. 

I designed Ethernet board with Cyclone V(5CSEBA5U19A7N) using Quartus 15.1 Prime Standard & DS-5. 

Now i want to do two things. 

1)How to boot linux automatically without login. 

2)How to decrease booting time in the soc arm processor.. 

 

I am using Altera 15.1 inbuilt root file system and zImage...If u have any documents or links from scratch regarding to my query, 

plz forward and help me. 

 

 

Thanks & Regards, 

Chethan 

 

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Altera_Forum
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A few thoughts for decreasing the boot time: 

1. If you use the HPS to configure the FPGA, consider doing a independent booting instead (for example, booting the FPGA via EPCS flash while HPS boots from SD without configuring the FPGA). To do this, remove the u-boot.scr script in the SD Card. On the FPGA side, flash the image into EPCS. A note on this - you may NOT want to do this unless you are sure that the HPS-FPGA bridges initialization will not be impacted. 

2. While compiling the kernel, go to include/configs/socfpga_common.h and change the CONFIG_BOOTDELAY (this is the delay before the uboot loads the next stage of boot). Refer to https://rocketboards.org/foswiki/view/documentation/embeddedlinuxbeginnersguide ("Configure and Compile Uboot Stage") 

3. It might be too late to do any changes now, but QSPI actually boots faster compared to SD card :) 

4. Of course you can further tweak the kernel to leave some packages out, but I am not a Linux expert so I'm leaving this out... 

 

Regarding automatic login - there's a lot of methods (search with google). Some involves modifying init.d or other Linux files, but definitely possible given that people uses this for headless display.
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