[syslinux] patch, doc/{syslinux, menu}.txt: Clarifying the DEFAULT directive

Gene Cumm gene.cumm at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 14:08:33 PST 2011

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 16:41, Jeffrey Hutzelman <jhutz at cmu.edu> wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-11-28 at 16:07 -0500, Gene Cumm wrote:
>> Or perhaps: 'A LABEL should be used instead of "kernel options...".'
> In fact, the documentation is correct as it stands.  The DEFAULT
> directive sets the default command line, which is interpreted exactly as
> if it had been typed at the "boot:" prompt.  I think it's a mistake to
> attempt to re-enumerate everything that means in the documentation for
> DEFAULT; there are quite a few settings which affect how the command
> line is processed, and more may be added in the future.

A great reason to state it in a simple manner and be overly explicit
everywhere (as things improve, fewer places/manners to update).

> About the only thing that _might_ be worth mentioning again here is that
> the simple menu system in fact requires this to be a label, and does not
> process options.  However...

This explains the impression I had that DEFAULT should point to a
LABEL (it helps the MENU system work more appropriately), hence the
second wording.


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