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Re: [Xen-devel] Deficiencies in guest bootloader design

To: Ewan Mellor <ewan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] Deficiencies in guest bootloader design
From: Michael Paesold <mpaesold@xxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 21:19:59 +0200
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Ewan Mellor wrote:
Is there anyone working on bootloader improvements? If not, is a change to move the bootloader stuff from xm to Xend acceptable? In that case I could try to come up with a patch.

Certainly such a patch would be accepted.  There was a long thread discussing
bootloaders recently -- you should dig it out of the archive and see what the
conclusions were -- there seem to be a few competing ideas for bootloader
support in Xen (pygrub and domUloader being the two prominent ones).  If you
were going to put some effort into this, it would be appreciated by a number
of the Xen users, certainly.

I have read through the threads about pygrub/domUloader in the archives, although I have not found discussion about the initial inclusion of pygrub. I mostly see discussions about the actual features of the boot loaders themselves, not really about integration relevant to my question.

I see the most important question is that of interaction with the user, since that seems to be the main reason for bootloader being invoked from xm instead of Xend. I will study the code to see what can be done.

I appreciate any input or help!

Best Regards,

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