[LinuxBIOS] [PATCH] LAR verison field

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Fri Nov 30 21:52:12 CET 2007

On 30.11.2007 02:55, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> * Peter Stuge <peter at stuge.se> [071130 01:25]:
>> On Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 12:43:51AM +0100, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
>>>> Together with reserving space at the end of the header.
>>> Space reservation? What is this about?
>> Some extra bytes for future use, the more bytes the longer before we
>> need to change the format. I think 64 would be more than enough.
>> No-one will ever need more than 64 bytes.
> I disagree. If we start using unused bytes, we changed the format
> already. There are clean ways that do not require "padding" to stay
> compatible. If we add a field "header size" we know how many bytes we
> have to skip without the need to know how to parse all of the header.

The field "header size" needs space. That space could be used in a
future version for something real if we reserved it.

> Please don't add reserved fields. thats really ugly and lack of design.

Design is always in the eye of the beholder.


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