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Re: multiboot2: make multiboot header optional

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: multiboot2: make multiboot header optional
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 21:56:17 +0100
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On Wednesday 13 December 2006 05:18, Hollis Blanchard wrote:
> I'm willing to go along with this, since I realized that only a tiny
> number of people will need to use this flags (and that number does not
> include me :). It seemed to work for GRUB Legacy, so I guess it can work
> here too.

Great. Finally we succeeded to agree (well, with some comprise?). :)

> My loader code doesn't currently read either tags or flags, and since
> most people don't need this functionality I plan to check it in without
> that; it can be added later as needed.

OK. So we can now proceed to the next question: whether it is a good idea to 
omit a header when it is not absolutely required (i.e. ELF and no flags). 
Honestly, I am quite neutral to this decision. I think it is a good 
convention to always put a kind of "magic" (e.g. think of the command "file" 
or libmagic), while the benefit of not writing anything special to Multiboot 
is also attractive.

What do others think about this?


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