Subject: Re: Dumping autoconf info from DDB
To: Chris Torek <torek@BSDI.COM>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/07/2000 12:39:54
On Sun, 6 Feb 2000, Chris Torek wrote:

> Just FYI (maybe :-) ), BSD/OS handles this by using the packed
> locators only as starting points for the "real" locators passed
> to the driver at autoconfig time.  The real locators are made up
> by overriding the compiled-in ones with the ones from commands
> fed to /boot, either directly at the keyboard, or via /etc/boot.default.
> (Of course, with no override, the compiled-in one passes through.)
	Just curious - is the gain here to be able to determine (and
	default back to) the compiled in defaults, vs the current
	values? I imagine the extract space is insignificant.

> (It turns out that, even if everyone *has* source, a lot of people
> do not want to compile a new kernel -- they would rather stuff a
> set of commands into boot.default.)

	I can understand that...