Subject: port-i386/3758: what units for BIOSEXTMEM?
To: None <>
From: Chris Jones <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 06/17/1997 11:45:14
>Number:         3758
>Category:       port-i386
>Synopsis:       what units is BIOSEXTMEM expressed in?
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    gnats-admin (GNATS administrator)
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Jun 17 10:50:01 1997
>Originator:     Chris Jones
Chris Jones                          
           Mad scientist in training...
"Is this going to be a stand-up programming session, sir, or another bug hunt?"
>Release:        1.2
System: NetBSD 1.2G NetBSD 1.2G (CLYDESDALE) #2: Mon Jun 16 15:46:23 MDT 1997 i386

In the i386 GENERIC config file, BIOSEXTMEM is listed, yet commented
out.  The understanding I have is that this variable needs to be set
if your computer has more RAM than the NetBSD kernel recognizes on
bootup.  Since this is the case for me, I tried playing with said
variable.  Up to this point, I haven't figured out what units
BIOSEXTMEM is expressed in (bytes?  Kbytes?  pages?), and I don't know
if it's the size of *only* extended memory, or if it's the total size
of memory.  It'd be nice if somebody could fill me in here, but it'd
be even nicer if the comments in the config file were more verbose.
Better yet, an entry in options(4) would seem to be appropriate.