Re: 2.5.28 and partitions

From: Kai Henningsen (
Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 13:33:00 EST (Jesse Pollard) wrote on 02.08.02 in <>:

> (Kai Henningsen):
> ...
> > As for finding where to boot from - either have the bootloader define a
> > partition name it wants to see, or put the relevant name into the boot
> > loader config. No need to define that in the partition format. That's
> > trivial: even MS-DOS did that (finding IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS from the boot
> > loader)! And neither scanning for '=' and '\n' nor comparing one string
> > nor converting one number from decimal is any kind of hardship. Maybe half
> > a screen of assembler, tops.
> >
> Nope.
> The problem is different - which file system is the file stored in?

Huh?! What file?!

> How many different filesystems are there?

That's not a question for the bootloader.

> Do think all of them will fit in a boot loader?

Who cares? You can always give it a partition of its own. (The example did
exactly that!)

> Or even one of them?
> How many different logical volume structures are there?

I have no idea what you are talking about here.

> Do do this you first have to convince the development people to say that
> "only xxxx filesystem shall be bootable".

Utter nonsense.

> And now, you also have to add possible logical volumes on top (or under :)
> of it.

What are you babbling about?

> That is why LILO doesn't use file names for boots. It only uses block
> numbers.


(By the way, it's the *only* boot loader I know that does this.)

> Another alternative (possibly just as hard) is to have LILO only
> load a more complex and dynamic loader, which could be configured for
> each filesystem structure. Once that "dynamic loader" is loaded, it
> could find and load the kernel (passing, of course, the boot command line
> from LILO).

What on earth does that have to do with the format of a partition table?!

> I know IRIX gets around the problem by having a tiny filesystem for the
> "disk label". This filesystem contains only contigeous files, and has

Around *which* problem?! That's certainly something that's only relevant
after the bootloader is long gone.

Frankly, I have no idea what you're smoking, but it can't be healthy.

MfG Kai
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