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Re: [PATCH] Add a module for retrieving SMBIOS information

From: David Michael
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Add a module for retrieving SMBIOS information
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:09:56 -0500

On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:20 AM, Prarit Bhargava <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 02/01/2015 09:05 PM, David Michael wrote:
>> * grub-core/commands/i386/smbios.c: New file.
>> * grub-core/Makefile.core.def (smbios): New module.
>> * docs/grub.texi (smbios): New node.
>> (Command-line and menu entry commands): Add a menu entry for smbios.
>> ---
>> Hi,
>> There was some interest on help-grub about supporting SMBIOS access
>> upstream.
> OOC, why?  Why would you need to do this?  I'm certainly not against doing 
> this
> but just wondering exactly why you want to do this.

The thread on grub-help asked about booting particular kernel versions
off a hot-pluggable drive based on the detected hardware, which this
would allow.

I originally wrote it to change what options are available based on
whether a disk is being booted physically or virtually.  Since QEMU
makes it easy to add SMBIOS entries on the command line, I've also
been using it for random tweaks like showing a vga_text boot menu
instead of gfxterm when running QEMU with "-display curses".



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