Re: more Boot Logo thoughts

Edward S. Marshall (
Thu, 14 May 1998 12:08:09 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 14 May 1998, Pat St. Jean wrote:
> 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!

BINGO. That's exactly what I was aiming at...internationalization of the
kernel would be almost trivial then.

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