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Re: Which partitioning schemes should be supported by GRUB?

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Subject: Re: Which partitioning schemes should be supported by GRUB?
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:07:35 -0500

> I can think of an alternative.  We do still need grub_install_dos_part
> and grub_install_bsd_part for the multiboot trampoline, which is in
> assembly, so it's difficult to abandon them altogether.  However,
> there's no reason we need to use them in make_install_device.  How about
> we invent a way to encode most of the information in string form in
> grub_prefix, while leaving a placeholder for make_install_device to fill
> in the disk?  There are 64 bytes available for grub_prefix, which should
> be plenty.  For example, how about the following (with \0 standing for
>  (\0,msdos1,bsd1)/boot/grub
> It's then just a matter of spotting the "(\0," sequence and replacing
> the \0 with the drive name.  I think this can probably be done using
> less code than the first option above, and all told it feels a bit less
> hacky to me.

Instead of doing string replacement, why not just define a
disk-relative partition format?

Also, the '\0' seems unnecessary.  Is having "(," meaningful in some
way already?

> What do people prefer?
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