Subject: Re: Cross-nlist(3)
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 10/26/2001 17:18:48
firstname.lastname@example.org ("Todd Vierling") writes:
> On 25 Oct 2001 email@example.com wrote:
> [... ]
> : I don't see why e.g. the x86 installboot couldn't/shouldn't use a
> : similar technique to what the Alpha uses, for instance.
> The nlist usage of sparc's installboot is to get symbols from the
> first-stage bootloader, in order to shove block numbers into it. Similar
> foo is used for i386.
> The alpha bootstrap is a single piece ~8K stuffed below the real fs data
> start. So the alpha can get away with more, because it doesn't have to
> write block numbers into the bootstrap.
Oh gack, that's right, i'd forgotten that we'd reworked the primary
alpha installboot. (where "we" even includes me... *sigh* memory
going... oh, wait, never there!)
anyway, s/installboot/installboot.old/ for the Alpha.
obviously, you get the idea with the technique to use.