Subject: Re: How to identify NetBSD ELF kernel?
To: Jason Thorpe <>
From: Oleg Polyanski <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/15/1999 01:30:44
>>>>> "JT" == Jason Thorpe writes:

	The  most  attractive thing  in  GRUB  is  the  implementation of GNU
	multiboot proposal (first developed for Mach 4) that lets you to load
	modules  needed  during  kernel  bootstrap,  so, for example,  kernel
	itself may not  have any compiled in  file system code even for  root

	Proposal is here:

>> 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 :-))

JT> NetBSD's bootloader supports a large number of filesystems, too:

JT> 	FFS LFS ISO-9660 ...EXT2FS would be easy, and MSDOSFS is probably not
JT> far off.

JT> ...NetBSD already has ISAPnP support in the kernel.  Why does it need to
JT> be in the bootloader?

JT> Filename completion?!

>> 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.

JT> NetBSD kernels don't have the note sections in them.  Only userland
JT> binaries.