On Tue, Aug 29, 2000 at 04:15:09AM -0500, Mike Meyer wrote:
> Brooks Davis writes:
> > This is more correct.  The new world order says that hints are not in the
> > kernel, instead they are loaded by the loader at boot time.  By default
> > they are loaded from /boot/device.hints.  Without hints in some form old,
> > stupid devices don't work.  Unfortunatly, PC consoles are old, stupid
> > devices for compatability reasons so it's best to have a working hints
> > file around.
> Just curious - are there no defaults at all if you don't have a hints
> file somewhere? That seems a bit strange.

If you don't have a hints file in /boot and you didn't suck one in as a
static config during boot then, yes there are no defaults.  I think the
idea is that we should eventualy get to a state where (on legacy free
systems at least) we really can run with no hints because everything is
PnP.  This also means you should be able to boot generic on some really
strange systems just by modifying the hints file.

-- Brooks

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