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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] Add boot sector checksums to EDD
On Wed, Nov 10, 2004 at 06:49:28AM +0100, Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> Michael E Brown schrieb:

(copying lkml again)

> > I'm curious, do you have a tool that uses the boot sector checksum? I
> > can think of a couple of places it could be useful, but all of my
> > use-cases are adequately covered by simple signature.
>
> The tool is SUSE hwinfo. Currently its author does the checksumming
> in the bootloader which kills some BIOSes (1st EDD request in the
> bootloader is ok, second request by kernel EDD startup code hangs
> the machine).

I'd be curious to understand this better. i.e. failure mode, why it
fails, for what systems, etc.

> I have some drives with identical mbr_signature (drives were wiped
> with dd before I got them). Using a checksum gives me at least some
> chance to identify them better because one has a bootloader, the
> other hasn't, they have different partition tables etc.

What wrote the bootloader to the first disk? Can *that* write a
unique signature into the disk? Red Hat's build of parted includes a
patch I wrote (not yet included in parted upstream IIRC) which has
parted write a unique signature to each disk, so that's how we solve
it there...

Thanks,
Matt

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