[regression] loader stalls on compressed module

John Baldwin jhb at freebsd.org
Tue Dec 15 16:43:07 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 15 December 2009 4:24:54 am David Naylor wrote:
> Hi,
> It appears that recently (~6 months) loader can no longer load compressed 
> kernel objects (gzipped) .  This regression is present on both FreeBSD-8 and 
> Current.    
> This can be reproduced by doing:
> # cd /boot/kernel ; gzip -9 unionfs.ko
> (Choose option 6 from loader and enter: load unionfs)
> I have experienced this on both i386 and amd64.  It appears that loader can 
> handle a compressed generic kernel (and maybe other modules).  

Does a loader from TOT still exhibit this?  If you build the loader w/o GPT 
support (LOADER_NO_GPT or some such, it's in sys/boot/i386/loader/Makefile) 
does that fix it?

John Baldwin

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