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Re: Multiboot Specification

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: Multiboot Specification
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:52:10 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 01:01:00PM +0100, Vegard Nossum wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a question/comment regarding the Multiboot Specification. Since
> loaders need to read/load an object file anyway, wouldn't it be more
> appropriate to look for the multiboot header by looking up either a
> symbol name or a section name, rather than searching for a magic
> number within the first 8K bytes of the image?
> This shouldn't be very difficult to implement for loaders, it would
> make loading safer (more reliable), and it would remove an otherwise
> artificial limitation. (It wouldn't have to be a requirement, but it
> could be a supplement to the magic number solution.)
> How would I proceed to suggest this change? :-)
> Kind regards,
> Vegard Nossum
> PS: It wasn't entirely clear who is responsible for the specification.
> If I hit the wrong address, please disregard this message :-)

grub-devel the right place, but I don't know the answer.  So just wait and be
patient :-)

Robert Millan

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