Mike Meyer wrote:

> Donn Miller writes:
> > Mike Meyer wrote:
> > > I do read cvs-all, and I missed it. Not did I find device.hints in the
> > > relevant Makefiles. Can you provide a pointer to details on how
> > > /boot/device.hints is used in the build process, or how having an
> > > empty one keeps you from shooting yourself in the foot?
> > Actually, device.hints isn't used in the build process.
>
> In that case, why does the kernel build process fail if it doesn't
> exist?

Probably because you have `hints "BLABLA.hints"' line in your kernel config
file.

> > KERNEL.hints file is hard-coded into the kernel when your kernel is
> > built (assuming you use one).  /boot/device.hints is used to override
> > the "hardcoded" values of hints, KERNEL.hints, at boot time.  Sometimes,
> > people can make a mistake in KERNEL.hints, and it's necessary to
> > override those hints with /boot/device.hints.  So, device.hints is
> > created after-the-fact, and not part of the kernel build.  Of course, if
> > you don't have any hints to override, then just install an empty
> > device.hints file.
>
> Will the system fail to boot if there isn't an empty device.hints
> file?

No, it will boot, but some devices (like keyboard, console etc) would not work.

-Maxim




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