misc/160818: [patch] boot menu (/boot/menu.rc) clarity and readability improvements

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Mon Sep 19 04:50:04 UTC 2011

>Number:         160818
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       [patch] boot menu (/boot/menu.rc) clarity and readability improvements
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          update
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Sep 19 04:50:03 UTC 2011
>Originator:     Warren Block
>Release:        9.0-BETA2
FreeBSD amd 9.0-BETA2 FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 #0: Tue Aug 30 22:06:12 MDT 2011     root at amd:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
Clarify and improve the boot menu with some small changes:

* Enter instead of ENTER

* Remove colons

* Line up option values

* Use dots to provide a line to visually connect the menu
  selections with their values

* Replace Enabled/Disabled with off/On
  (bigger inital cap for "On" is a visual indicator)

* Remove confusing "Boot" from selections that don't boot.

* With loader_color=1 in /boot/loader.conf, use reverse video to
  highlight enabled options
Boot 9.0-BETA2.  Observe boot.
Apply patch.

Patch attached with submission follows:

--- /boot/menu.rc.orig	2011-08-30 11:47:10.000000000 -0600
+++ /boot/menu.rc	2011-09-05 09:09:05.000000000 -0600
@@ -18,9 +18,9 @@
 \ Initialize main menu constructs (see `menu.4th')
 \ NOTE: To use the `ansi' variants, add `loader_color=1' to loader.conf(5)
-set menu_caption[1]="Boot [ENTER]"
+set menu_caption[1]="Boot [Enter]"
 set menu_command[1]="boot"
-set ansi_caption[1]="Boot [ENTER]"
+set ansi_caption[1]="Boot [Enter]"
 set menu_keycode[1]="98"
 set menu_caption[2]="[Esc]ape to loader prompt"
@@ -38,34 +38,34 @@
 set menu_options=4
-set menu_caption[4]="[A]CPI Support: Disabled"
-set toggled_text[4]="[A]CPI Support: Enabled"
+set menu_caption[4]="[A]CPI Support off"
+set toggled_text[4]="[A]CPI Support On"
 set menu_command[4]="toggle_acpi"
 set menu_keycode[4]="97"
 set menu_acpi=4
-set ansi_caption[4]="ACPI Support: Disabled"
-set toggled_ansi[4]="ACPI Support: Enabled"
+set ansi_caption[4]="ACPI Support Off"
+set toggled_ansi[4]="ACPI Support On"
-set menu_caption[5]="Boot Safe [M]ode: NO"
-set toggled_text[5]="Boot Safe [M]ode: YES"
+set menu_caption[5]="Safe [M]ode... off"
+set toggled_text[5]="Safe [M]ode... On"
 set menu_command[5]="toggle_safemode"
 set menu_keycode[5]="109"
-set ansi_caption[5]="Boot Safe Mode: NO"
-set toggled_ansi[5]="Boot Safe Mode: YES"
+set ansi_caption[5]="Safe Mode... Off"
+set toggled_ansi[5]="Safe Mode... On"
-set menu_caption[6]="Boot [S]ingle User: NO"
-set toggled_text[6]="Boot [S]ingle User: YES"
+set menu_caption[6]="[S]ingle User. off"
+set toggled_text[6]="[S]ingle User. On"
 set menu_command[6]="toggle_singleuser"
 set menu_keycode[6]="115"
-set ansi_caption[6]="Boot Single User: NO"
-set toggled_ansi[6]="Boot Single User: YES"
+set ansi_caption[6]="Single User. Off"
+set toggled_ansi[6]="Single User. On"
-set menu_caption[7]="Boot [V]erbose: NO"
-set toggled_text[7]="Boot [V]erbose: YES"
+set menu_caption[7]="[V]erbose..... off"
+set toggled_text[7]="[V]erbose..... On"
 set menu_command[7]="toggle_verbose"
 set menu_keycode[7]="118"
-set ansi_caption[7]="Boot Verbose: NO"
-set toggled_ansi[7]="Boot Verbose: YES"
+set ansi_caption[7]="Verbose..... Off"
+set toggled_ansi[7]="Verbose..... On"
 \ Enable automatic booting (add ``autoboot_delay=N'' to loader.conf(5) to
 \ customize the timeout; default is 10-seconds)


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