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Re: patch and request

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: patch and request
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 19:07:56 +0200
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On Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 05:54:09PM +0200, Bas Wijnen wrote:
> > > To try some things out, I want to make a boot floppy which starts, for
> > > example, the "demo system" mentioned in wortel/README.
> >
> > This is by all means trivial to achieve.  Just install grub on a floppy,
> > with an appropriate menu.lst file, and put all required files on the floppy.
> I was more referring to the compilation process.  There's no autogen.sh and
> no INSTALL file.  I noticed that the file named README actually is what I was
> looking for, except that it doesn't say that you need automake1.7 (not sure
> what you need, but 1.4 is not enough)

You need all the latest tools of everything.  This is software on the
bleeding edge of development, and I am not going to track toolchain
dependencies for that.  (If you want to do that, this would be fine, but it
would be a long term committment, not a one-time patch).

autogen.sh is an obsolete concept, use "autoreconf -i -s", which is the
standard way to do it.  And after that, you will also have an INSTALL file,
which is just the generic INSTALL file that GNU tools ship with, bad luck.

> Furthermore, a short description of where to get L4 and how to compile it
> would be nice, although not really necessary.

Write one, and send me a patch, please.
> And I'm sure I have read in at least two places that the order in which
> grub loads the modules is very important, but it isn't mentioned in the
> README file.

Right.  Can be worth another patch.  Although the final booting procedure is
not fully worked out, the initial modules will stay as they are now, and I
will only add to it.

> > Please submit patches made with "-p" option to diff, so we can see the
> > function names here, too.
> I'm not really skilled in making patches.  I used "cvs diff" to make this
> one.  What would be the command to generate the patch as it should be?

cvs diff -up


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