Subject: Re: i386 bootselector changes
To: Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 10/23/2003 13:08:21
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On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 03:25:23PM -0400, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 02:22:10PM -0500, Eric Haszlakiewicz wrote:
> > well, my knee jerk reaction here is "deal with it. the keys are
> > only one row apart". On the other hand, I can understand how annoying
> > it can be to have to change a old ingrained behaviour. If switching
> > F1-F4 and 1-4 makes the common case now more similar to the common case
> > before, then I'd say go ahead.
> I don't agree -- it's basically impossible to know what key combination
> on a serial console will generate what the bootselector thinks is "F1";
> on some terminals, *there may be no such key combination*. I've had
> truly horrible experiences with this exact issue making it impossible to
> enter serial BIOS configuration screens without hooking up an actual AT
Then that means that the current tool is still broken. While the current=20
tool doesn't use Fn often, it uses them to switch between drives. Which=20
still won't work well in the case you describe above.
It's our multi-boot tool. We can configure what each setting does, what=20
the default is, and what the timeout is. Would it be that hard to=20
configure the keys?
For serial console we really want 1-n for partitions and something else
(not F1-Fn) for drives. For my desktop, I want F1-Fn for partitions (I
don't really care about drives, but 1-n would work there). Some folk may
now like the current scheme.
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