Subject: Re: proplib(3) in i386 bootstrap
To: SODA Noriyuki <>
From: Matt Fleming <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/10/2007 16:38:51
On Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 01:00:22AM +0900, SODA Noriyuki wrote:
> >>>>> On Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:42:59 -0500 (EST),
>       der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA> said:
> >> How do you run bootconf at the boot prompt?
> > 	The same way you would run a text editor: you don't.  So what's
> > 	the difference?
> Well, I guess I talked in too roundabout way.
> What I meant was:
> 	There is no way to run such utility in the boot prompt.
> 	So, unless we force our users to use a syntax like
> 	"<key>boot</key><string>hd0a:/netbsd</string>" in the boot
> 	prompt, using a syntax like "boot hd0a:/netbsd" in both
> 	the boot prompt and the config file is the best way.
> 	(And of course, we shouldn't force our users to use such
> 	syntax.)
> Of course, we can use "boot hd0a:/netbsd" in the boot prompt,
> and can use "<key>boot</key><string>hd0a:/netbsd</string>" in the
> config file, but there is no merit to do so.

Why not? I had no intention of fundamentally changing the way the
i386 bootstrap code currently works but neither did i want to have 
lines in /boot.conf similar to,

"boot /custom-kernel -d"

I wanted something a little clearer. Although, I suppose it doesn't matter
that much.