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RE: [Xen-devel] RFC/Patch: Support for other bootloaders

To: "Keir Fraser" <Keir.Fraser@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Michal Ostrowski" <mostrows@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [Xen-devel] RFC/Patch: Support for other bootloaders
From: "Ian Pratt" <m+Ian.Pratt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 09:29:20 -0000
Cc: <xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Tim Deegan" <Tim.Deegan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <ian.pratt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <ian.pratt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> The assembly code only needed writing once. If we need a wrapper 
> program at all, I'd rather push skanky argument parsing into 
> that than 
> add another format to Xen. The info you can get from BIOS calls is 
> increasingly redundant -- apart from e820 it's all passed in MP and 
> ACPI tables these days.

We need to get one of these approaches checked into the main tree, lest
someon writes a third.

The wrapper program is pretty unavoidable as the 'legacy' loaders only
support two modules and we potentially need three. Having both the xen
and kernel command line's configurable via a '--' hack seems sane. 

Michael, Tim: Please can you try and agree on a way forward.


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