Subject: Re: Config File / Kernel Building
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Jones <email@example.com>
Date: 04/16/1996 08:13:32
> >I'm trying to setup swapping on my second drive. I was told I have to change:
> >'config netbsd swap generic' to
> >'config netbsd root on sd0 swap on sd0 and sd1 and sd2'
> Annoying, eh?
Can anyone give me a REAL good reason why Unix users have to put up with this
crap? Why can't NetBSD do the following:
- Once booted off xxxa where xxx is some disk, if xxxb exists, make that
the initial swap space (with appropriate behavior if booting miniroot).
- Once the user says "swapon xxyz", just do it!
I see no reason for the behavior of a user-initiated "swapon" to depend
on what was configured. About the only argument I can see for the current
behavior is the off chance that someone has non-swap on xxxb. Perhaps
we can have a "swap superblock" that contains some signature that the kernel
checks for before it will use a partition as swap?