[Bug 256343] Proposal for a generic boot/loader.conf, mainly for hints (in addition to defaults/loader.conf)

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Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 16:42:24 +0000
https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=256343

            Bug ID: 256343
           Summary: Proposal for a generic boot/loader.conf, mainly for
                    hints (in addition to defaults/loader.conf)
           Product: Base System
           Version: 13.0-STABLE
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Only Me
          Priority: ---
         Component: conf
          Assignee: bugs_at_FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: bugzilla.freebsd_at_omnilan.de

Created attachment 225465
  --> https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/attachment.cgi?id=225465&action=edit
Template/draft for a generic boot/loader.conf

Hello,

over the years, console has undergone massive changes in FreeBSD.
When we haven't had EFI, and sc(4) was the only video console available,
options were much simpler than today.
With the advent of vt(4), zfsloader, loader.efi - just to name a view - I lost
overview.
And there's serial console of course too.  Still one of the most important
things to be aware about, imho.
Over the years, comments/hints in my various loader.conf versions grew and
differed significantly enough, that I started to confuse things myself.

So I merged all hints into some text for my personal, generic boot/loader.conf
(template).

I'd like to share that and would like to know what you think about including a
generic boot/loader.conf by default - more or less like the one attached here.
Of course in addition to boot/defaults/loader.conf.

Please note that the lines below ##platform/machine specifics# are not meant to
be part of a possibly generic loader.conf- I left them intentionally for the
curious ones and in case there's something others frequently copy of that real
world example.

And please note, that I propose to set "vbe_max_resolution" by default - I see
no reason why we don't want the VESA switch to enable higher resolutions than
640x480; the statement about the default switch to 800x600, if no EDID data
could be read, never worked for any of my (i386 resp. non-UEFI) setups.

-harry

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