Subject: Re: Thoughts about wedges
To: matthew green <email@example.com>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/26/1999 16:06:55
On Sun, Sep 26, 1999 at 12:26:02PM +1000, matthew green wrote:
> Yes, you would lose RB_ASKNAME functionality this way, this was already
> mentioned in the original discussion. If many people rely on this
> functionality (I'm not sure many people do, besides some developers),
> i have used this functionality in sunos4 and solaris for about
> as many years as i've been using netbsd. i'd be sorely annoyed
> if it was removed from netbsd -- it is far more useful than for
> just developers. system administrators use it too.
I agree. It has saved a lot of my asses.
So we either
a) need "boot from a file on partition x, then pass parameters of
partition y as root device to it" in the bootblock, or
b) optional read-only support for (one or some) supported partition
schemes in the kernel.
I'd vote to keep b) possible. It would link in a (copy of) the read part
of the partition handling code needed, and this would be called at boot time
to create a couple of entries in the wedge driver.
This would not interfere with a) functionality, where said functionality fits
into the boot block.
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