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Re: PR/39728 CVS commit: src/usr.sbin/installboot
The following reply was made to PR port-sparc/39728; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: der Mouse <mouse%Rodents-Montreal.ORG@localhost>
Subject: Re: PR/39728 CVS commit: src/usr.sbin/installboot
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 02:05:09 -0400 (EDT)
>> With apb's changes, the only thing left to do here is to lift the
>> restriction-by-fiat on /boot being directly in the root directory;
>> there's no reason it can't be anywhere in the filesystem.
> Possible, but no benefits even on sparc.
Simplicity; it avoids having to understand the boot sequence enough to
know you can mv /boot after installbooting and have it continue to
work. (And as for why you'd want to do that, perhaps to keep / clean?
I don't like forbidding things for no good reason.)
> It just increases size of installboot(8), which is in ~all install
Good point; if this is done it probably should be done #ifdef
NO_SIZE_CONSTRAINTS or some such, and the maintenance load created
thereby probably isn't worth the (marginal) benefit.
If/when I deal with it, I'll probably just document the mv workaround,
rather than changing the code, since it's a reasonable workaround and I
can't think of any circumstance where it's onerous; if anyone can, this
can be revisited then in light of it.
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