dldi/nds/dsgba merge? (was: Re: Nano-X speedup)

Stefan Sperling stsp at stsp.name
Fri Oct 5 18:03:03 CEST 2007

On Fri, Oct 05, 2007 at 04:33:05PM +0200, Troy Davis wrote:
> What about adding dldi support to the .nds and/or ds.gba builds, it
> mounts it if dldi patched otherwise it uses current setup, instead of
> create a new vendor branch?

There is no vendor branch involved in creating new builds,
it's just another set of config files in vendors/Nintendo/<build>

I guess adding dldi support to NDS and DSGBA does not make as much
sense as trying to squeeze ṄDS and DSGBA into DLDI, does it? :)

We could try to make DLDI behave properly if no disk storage
is available:

  - Move everything except the bare essentials out of romfs.
    This might involve building two seperate busybox binaries.
    one that lives in /bin (i.e. in romfs) and contains only really
    essential tools, another one that lives in /usr/bin (i.e. in the
    linux folder) containing non-essential tools.
  - Add sram support for those who need it.
  - If mounting proper storage fails, mount a ram disk or sram
    if present on /media and populate it so the symlinks pointing
    there from romfs still work.

The rc scripts and busybox build procedure would need some
hacking but I guess we could get this to work.

This would also mean zero errors if users forget to patch
dslinux.nds with a dldi driver, and we could even tweak the
system to still work if they forget to extract the linux folder!
This would get rid of a major FAQ :)

Then, with only the DLDI build left, we could create two seperate
builds renamed to something like "CLI" and "GUI". The "GUI" build
would also contain nano-X in romfs for speed and boot into pixil.

Or does that not make sense for some reason?

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