Subject: Re: mkfs/mkproto or how are the intel fd's built?
To: Charles M. Hannum <email@example.com>
From: Andrew Cagney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/20/1995 17:34:38
Excerpts from mail: 20-Jan-95 Re: mkfs/mkproto or how are.. "Charles M.
> o building root file systems from the source tree
> o installing kernels when cross compiling
> These are only true if you're cross-compiling from a different platform.
> There is only one case I can think of where cross-compiling for a
> system that isn't already running is even desirable, and that's when
> someone is doing an initial port to a new machine.
more or less, yes
> In that case, I would strongly encourage getting the machine to mount
> root over a network interface first. (This is partially because network
> drivers are easier to write, and it means the rest of the port will get
> tested sooner.)
I definitly agree, if there is a network device use it. If not, another
solution is needed. The one I'm aware of is tools like I described.
> o (for x86) creating boot disks (do you
> really do everything on a disk then
> DD it into a file?)
> We use `vnd' devices for this, though mounting directly from a file is
> probably more desirable.
Hmm, (dig, dig, dig, read, read ...). This one is worth persuing. It
looks like a possible solution ...