[coreboot] [PATCH] Multiboot

Robert Millan rmh at aybabtu.com
Wed Sep 17 20:15:19 CEST 2008


On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 05:05:03PM +0200, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> I have a bit of a hick-up with removing the coreboot table, as this
> renders utility like flashrom (in some cases) and nvramtool (in all
> cases) pretty much unusable.

I don't propose removing the coreboot table.  In most cases it is highly
desireable, but in a few ones it's not that useful and is just taking space.
A build option that defaults to 'yes' sounds like a sane way to support all
use cases.

Note that the code removed by my last patch doesn't disable any functionality,
it just stops passing a pointer around which wasn't being used for anything.

> Also, I think bootloader stuff is libpayload/filo/grub2 territory.

How do you define "bootloader stuff"?  coreboot looks a lot like a simplified
bootloader to me.  And it does support loading things that are usually loaded
by GRUB, like Invaders, Memtest86 or even Linux.

> Glad to see your patch is able to reduce the code size though; even if
> it comes at some cost.

Indeed, things come at a price.  Such cost would be bearable for some and
unacceptable for others.  I really think having the user evaluate it is the
best way to serve everyone.

Hey, at least your users are system builders and have a clue on what they're
doing ;-)

Robert Millan

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