Subject: Re: device ID <->device name database [was hardware detection]
To: Thierry Laronde <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/27/2004 22:57:41
On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 10:39:14PM +0200, Thierry Laronde wrote:
> [...]
> The kernel is configured with `md' as root fs but I don't use it 
> (it gives the opportunity to specify another root fs or halt/reboot):
> 	-> Question? Is there some reason why the same choice is not given
> 	with another type of root fs (say wd*) leading to a panic if init
> 	is not found? [this is not a criticism, this is just a question ;)]

It does. It panics when the filesystem can be mounted but there is no
/sbin/init in it (or it's not functionnal). In you case I guess the md
device couldn't even be mounted.

Also you can have it ask you with 'boot -a'

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference