Re: more Boot Logo thoughts

Pat St. Jean (
Thu, 14 May 1998 10:38:53 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 14 May 1998, Dwight Hubbard wrote:
>Edward S. Marshall wrote:
>> Has anyone given any thought to the idea of pulling kernel messages
>> out of the kernel binary itself, and using numerical referencing for
>> them instead, in an attempt to see how much space would be preserved in
>> the final kernel image?

>I like this, not only does it have the potential to make the kernel
>smaller. It could make things much easier to support. If the kernel
>just displayed the numeric code for the message instead of the message
>itself, it is much easier to get a 6 or 8 digit numeric code from a
>computer illiterate over the phone than it is to get them to read you an
>exact error message off the screen.

Not only that, but with a little stretching of this idea you could have
native language error messages. Just make a lookup table. Compile in the
one you want. Or maybe use insmod to change it on the fly. Whee!


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