Subject: Re: i386 bootselector changes
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/23/2003 10:10:36
On Wed, 22 Oct 2003, Bill Studenmund wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 21, 2003 at 06:32:15PM +0300, Antti Kantee wrote:
> > Did someone change the bootselector to use numbers 1-m instead of F1-Fm?
> > I accidentally wiped out my bootselector recently and had to install a
> > new one today because I need to boot to The Great OS tomorrow to get some
> > important stuff done.  I spent a few nice moments cursing my life when the
> > good old Fm keys didn't do what I expected, and just blurted out a rather
> > ghastly "Error".  Lucky me it timed out before I did anything desperate.
> I've noticed this too. I think it was done to help support serial
> consoles, where we might not easily know what key 'F1' is.
> However I'd really like the old behavior back. NetBSD has used F1-Fm for
> YEARS, and F1-Fm are easier to find on the keyboard than 1-m. :-)

F1-Fm switches to the other drives; 1-4 access the menu on the chosen
drive. It's more elegant (i.e. "less confusing") than the old system,
where the second drive looked like a partiton on the first drive.