Soliciting opinions on an extension of the bootinfo structure
jhb at freebsd.org
Fri Sep 9 12:22:40 UTC 2011
On Thursday, September 08, 2011 6:25:23 pm Peter Grehan 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).
I agree. The metadata appended to the end of the kernel is a better way to
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