Subject: Re: How to identify NetBSD ELF kernel?
To: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
From: Pavel Roskin <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/14/1999 11:51:13
Hello, Ignatios!

> Personally, I think that mixing boot selectors with boot loaders is a bad 
> idea. Even Linux only _pretends_ to do it. Ideally, you should just load the
> NetBSD bootblock in the partition you select.

IMHO it's impractical to duplicate all features of GNU GRUB in every
bootloader. I mean support for 4 filesystems, filename completion,
forthcoming netboot support, forthcoming IsaPNP support (if I don't
upgrade my AWE64 before that :-))

> But anyway: NetBSD ELF files contain an Elf Note section. The name is 
> the string "NetBSD", look at the attached file for details.

I'll add support for it as soon as I find such a kernel.
snapshot/partial-990906 (netbsd-1.4K) doesn't seem to have an Elf Note

Can anybody give me a fresh kernel? I mean it should be compiled with the
latest tools and contain the Elf Note section. Sorry, I cannot afford 
trashing my NetBSD installation right now.

Pavel Roskin