Subject: Re: Splash screen boot HOWTO
To: Jared D. McNeill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 02/18/2006 15:24:11
In message <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Jared D
. McNeill" writes:
>On Sat, 18 Feb 2006, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>> I haven't looked at your kernel code, but couldn't it default to 'no
>> splash screen', even when the driver is present?
>vesafb works fine without a splash screen. This functionality is only
>enabled if options SPLASHSCREEN and SPLASHSCREEN_PROGRESS are in your
>> For another approach, perhaps things should be changed so that the
>> wsconsctl is harmless even if done unconditionally, without the kernel
>If the above options aren't in the kernel, the wsconsctl calls have no
>effect. I even redirect their output to /dev/null so you'll never notice
>that they're being called.
What about the return code? Will that cause a problem?
If not, then I don't see the problem with an rc.conf variable. If you
wanted to do it really correctly, print a warning if the variable
indicates splash screen and it's not enabled in the kernel. (That
could benefit from a non-zero return code.)
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb