Soliciting opinions on an extension of the bootinfo structure
peter at wemm.org
Thu Sep 8 23:18:31 UTC 2011
On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM, Peter Grehan <grehan at freebsd.org> wrote:
>> I'm proposing an extension framework for the bootinfo structure used
>> to pass information from the bootstrap/loader to the kernel. Although
>> I'm only proposing this for the MIPS bootinfo, it's completely
>> applicable to any of them.
>> What I propose is adding an optional platform extension structure:
>> bootinfo_pext, surrounded by #ifdef BOOTINFO_PEXT
> Any reason not to put the vendor bits into another piece of loader metadata
> ? That seems the extensible way to add additional info from the loader,
> rather than extending bootinfo (as was the case pre-loader days).
It sounds like they're not using loader, which is probably a
reasonable thing for their environment.
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