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Re: patch: MFSv3 support (libsa) for boot2 (i386)
Sorry to enter the discussion without former presentations. I am
following Evgeniy's effort, and was following this thread albeit I know
next to nothing to NetBSD.
David Laight wrote:
> The actual 'pc' boot sequence is:
> Stages 1-3 (and maybe 4) are common to all OS.
> 3) The pbr code has to determine where it was loaded from, it could:
> a) reread sector zero and look for a partition of the relevant type
> b) have the sector number previously written into the sector data.
> The netbsd bootselect mbr passes the sector number in a register
> (non-standard) and the pbr code scans the partitions looking for
> one that starts in the correct place.
d) have the partition table entry (from the MBR) been passed in
well-known registers, and use that information "blindly".
e) (actually an extension of d) have a faked partition table entry
(e.g. from the "hybrid MBR/GPT") been passed in well-known
registers, and use that information "blindly".
...speaking in the view of "all OS" here, of course.
I am not sure whether NetBSD currently uses a or c (or a combination of
both); b is the method used with FAT and generally Microsoft file
systems, among many others; d is the method pushed by the Phoenix et
alii Standard Committee (Bios boot specifications); e is also supposed
to be a Standard (T13 EDD-4 annex 4) and is apparently induced into
NetBSD by the new (August 17th) sys/arch/i386/stand/mbr/gptmbr*
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