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Re: port-i386/40752: x86 bootloader panic()/exit() loop

The following reply was made to PR port-i386/40752; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Matthias Drochner <>
To: "Jared D. McNeill" <>
Subject: Re: port-i386/40752: x86 bootloader panic()/exit() loop 
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:51:27 +0100 said:
 > ``Ralf Brown's Interrupt List'' says about int 0x18: 
 > [...]
 There has been some research ~10 years ago when the
 boot code was reworked.
 PCs now usually try the next of the list of
 boot devices if a boot loader terminates with
 int 0x18, do the "press any key to reboot" prompt
 if none is left. So this would fit into the
 usual semantics.
 (This is only for biosboot; it only rarely works
 for network boot ROMs, and of course not from DOS.
 That's why the "exit" code needs to be booter
 specific rather than a generic library function.)
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