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Re: normal mode chainloader

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: normal mode chainloader
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 12:34:42 +0200
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On Wednesday 23 June 2004 09:10, Tomas Ebenlendr wrote:
> > This will be fixed by the autoloading that was proposed on the
> > list. If someone uses the boot command, the boot.mod will be
> > autoloaded.  So I think it is not a requirement.
> That is not true in all cases. E.g. when there is corrupted or
> missing boot.mod, or when autoloading is off.

If you cannot load boot.mod for a reason, what you get is the same as 
when a loader module cannot be loaded: The difference is only that you 
cannot execute boot or, say, linux. For ordinary users, these look 
identical. The only solution for these cases is to go back to the 
rescue mode and boot something from it. Then, there is no way to 
provide a good interface anyway.

If autoloading is off (although I'm not sure if it is better to allow 
the user to turn it off), the user should know what he/she does. He/She 
should load all required modules explicitly. This means that this 
person knows how GRUB works. For this person, it is no problem to load 
boot.mod manually.


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