Subject: Re: kern/1781: 'magic' symbolic link expansion
To: None <netbsd-bugs@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Peter Seebach <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 11/24/1995 20:51:55
Yes, by "follow" symlinks, I mean, try to read them (readlink) to see
what they "should" point at, and possibly look at that file.

I think the "clean" solution would be to use vnodes on the CD and a
floppy root filesystem.  It just mounts /cd/`uname -m` on /, or whatever.
A sufficiently clever kernel could possibly even do this, although it
wouldn't be easy.  (The ask-for-boot-device would have to be significantly
smarter.  Not necessarily desireable.)

I don't think the magic symlinks really solve the problem; we still need
machine-specific floppies.