[OpenBIOS] About HFS+ support

Mark Cave-Ayland mark.cave-ayland at ilande.co.uk
Fri Oct 12 22:26:26 CEST 2012

On 12/10/12 20:59, Programmingkid wrote:

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>> On 12/10/12 18:25, Programmingkid wrote:
>>> I did some research with Apple's Open Firmware implementation and found out something that might make fixing the auto partition selection system work. What Apple's Open Firmware does when a command like "dir hd:,\" is entered is it selects the partition that has the lowest partition number, and displays its files.
>>> What I did was partitioned a hard drive into three different partitions, then ran the "dir hd:,\" command. I have verified that the lowest numbered partition is selected by default. The other two partitions can be selected by doing this "dir hd:10,\" and "dir hd:11,\". Is there any more information that is needed to fix the auto selection system?
>> Do any of them have a system partition on?
> If you mean have an operating system on them, all three partitions have Mac OS X installed on them.
>> The reason I ask is that because on some of the debug traces you've sent me, a filesystem has been identified on the Apple_Driver43_CD partition. Therefore there must be some other logic involved with Apple's Open Firmware in order for it to locate the partition containing the installer.
> When you say the installer, I am guessing you mean the boot loader.
> For CD's, there is usually one partition that has the files on it. I think a simple algorithm for finding the right partition is to select the first partition that is of the type APPLE_HFS or APPLE_HFSX.

Perhaps the algorithm really is that simple? For PearPC I found the 
following which suggests this is exactly what they do:


I'd be interested to hear from people who have OF experience with Macs 
to confirm if this is the case or not. Have you coded up a suitable 
patch in OpenBIOS to test?



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