Subject: Re: send your use-cases for makefs -t cd9660 !
To: David Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Hubert Feyrer <email@example.com>
Date: 10/02/2004 00:03:18
On Fri, 1 Oct 2004, David Young wrote:
> I am mentoring a senior project group at UIUC.edu that is programming a
> 'cd9660' target for makefs(8). I have described for them one use-case,
> which is privilegelessly building a bootable, "live" CD-ROM image
> for x86. If you have additional use-cases, won't you send them to me?
> Use-cases that are very obvious to you, I have probably not thought of.
* Install CDs, which may have
+ a kernel either inside a floppy-image (similar to what you set with
mkisofs -b), or
+ just a loader (grub's iso9660_stage1_5 / stage2_eltorito) which
will then pull a kernel from the CD (the 2.0 Live CD has/does that)
The install kernel usually has a RAMdisk (md) with the most needed
files (sysinst, ...), but would mount the CDROM for install files
* A live CD that boots the kernel in either of two ways (as above),
but that immediately mounts the kernel (config: root on cd0a or hd0?),
and the starts things immediately? (The 2.0 Live CD documentation
has a funny example of a mkisofs call for that, spanning over almost
ten lines :)
* Non-PC boot support would be VERY nice - MacPPC, sparc, sparc64,
vax, ...; this may involve some nasty checksum tweaking (see
src/distrib/cdrom and src/distrib/utils/sparkcrc)
* A multi-arch CD to allow one CD to boot on several
machines, and then pick the right loader/kernel/root-filesystem
to start, before possibly mounting more filesystems (like install
sets, which may be shared); again, see src/distrib/cdrom
* Use as a tool to hook into src/distrib/cdrom and/or the release
creation process to automatically spit out install CDs.
Adding files like binary packages would be a big bonus!
If people are still bored after that, rewriting cdrecord/cdrdao may be
some goal. (Or how do we intend to write CDs/DVDs?)
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