[LinuxBIOS] V3 fallback, failover, and the normal boot flag.

ron minnich rminnich at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 01:16:25 CEST 2007

I think the key thing that v2 missed was in letting linuxbios set the
'boot success' flag. That flag should only be set by a payload or even
linux. It's not really useful to know that linuxbios came up. What
matters is that the payload came up. It was a big headache to me, esp.
on 1000 nodes, when linuxbios came up, said "boot normal is fine', and
loaded a payload which locked up.

So, at this point, I'd argue that linuxbios can CLEAR the boot normal,
but the only thing that should set it is a payload. This is very
conservative behaviour, but I think it's correct.

And, yes, if CMOS is messed up, zero it, try a normal boot, come
around if that fails.

n:m mappings for all modules, well, we don't have lots of bits. Let's
not get too fancy. We're not even coming up yet.


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