On Wed, 21 Jun 2000, Daniel C. Sobral wrote:

> Andrzej Bialecki wrote:
> > 
> > This thread is long, so maybe I missed something.. Can we have the *.hints
> > file loadable as a module of some special type (like kernel.conf), and
> > searched for during configuration like userconfig did?
> Funny you got no reply.

At last some merciful soul.. Thank you! :-)

> This is not necessary. If you copy said file to /boot/device.hints, it
> will be read automatically as a loader .conf file and set environment
> variables that will be read automatically by the kernel.
> If you wish to use alternate configurations without tweaking
> device.hints, you can do
> loader_conf_files="xyzzy"
> And xyzzy will be read. Since device.hints is read right after
> /boot/defaults/loader.conf, anything later will override it's values.

That's fine. However, this practically makes using /boot/loader
mandatory. I still wonder if having some in-kernel interpreter wouldn't
give us more choice, with exactly the same functionality. Of course, it
would have to be run before any probing starts...

Andrzej Bialecki

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