Subject: Re: kern/1781: 'magic' symbolic link expansion
To: None <netbsd-bugs@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Peter Seebach <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 11/23/1995 15:25:59
>think "boot floppies."  i'm perfectly willing to walk up to a machine,
>insert a floppy and a CD-ROM, boot the floppy and tell it to get
>root from the CD-ROM.

So, at that point, why not have a second floppy, which is a root filesystem,
and which has the smarts to build a link farm?  It only needs one link -
/usr/bin can be a link to /cd_arch/usr/bin, and it only needs to link
/cd/arch to /cd/`uname -m`.

For that matter, why not have fat binaries for init, sh, and about 5
other major utilities?  crunch can't be *that* far from supporting it.

>that also makes updating the kernel (bug fixes) a lot easier...  8-)

Certainly; ditto the root fs.

I would not mind at all having to use two floppies; this is how everything
else I use regularly does it.