Wanted: tutorial on dragonflybsd boot process

Ivan Uemlianin ivan at llaisdy.com
Fri Apr 26 05:29:00 PDT 2013

Dear All

Thanks very much for all these pointers.  I shall certainly be swotting up.

I'm taking installing and using DragonFly BSD as an excuse to learn 
about how the operating system works.  I've been using linux for nearly 
15 years but never delved very deep into it; then for the last few years 
my main machine has been a Mac and it's amazing how much I've forgotten.

Best wishes


On 26/04/2013 13:10, Radosław Szymczyszyn wrote:
> The best source of info on what happens during boot0, boot2 and kernel
> initialization phases I found is the FreeBSD Architecture Handbook:
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/arch-handbook/boot.html
> It's still quite accurate regarding the pc32 platform of DFly, though
> certain details have changed.
> It's best read after the higher-level overview from DFly New Handbook.
> Regards,
> Radek Szymczyszyn
> 2013/4/26 Chris Turner <c.turner at 199technologies.com>:
>> On 04/20/13 00:23, Edward M wrote:
>>> On 4/19/2013 12:43 AM, Ivan Uemlianin wrote:
>>>> on what goes on during the dragonflybsd boot?
>>>          DragonflyBSD booting process from the handbook.  hope this
>>> helps:-)
>>>          http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/newhandbook/Booting/
>> As far as the init scripts themselves go, after reading our rc(8) manual
>> page,
>> this paper outlines some of the rationale r.e. the design of the
>> rc.d/rcorder system as originally implemented on netbsd:
>> www.mewburn.net/luke/papers/rc.d.pdf
>> and is an interesting read.
>> Cheers,
>> - Chris

Ivan A. Uemlianin PhD
Speech Technology Research and Development

                     ivan at llaisdy.com

                         festina lente

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