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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
 >  media.
 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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