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From: Andrew Gaffney <agaffney@g.o>
Subject: Re: bell at boot prompt
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 20:42:06 -0600
William Hubbs wrote:
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> Hi all,
> 
> this should probably be put under the call for features thread, but I
> don't have the original message any longer and did not want to start a
> sub thread.
> 
> It is very difficult for a person who is visually impaired to tell when
> the live cd gets to the boot prompt.  The only way I have figured out to
> do this is to listen to my cd rom drive and guess that I am at the boot
> prompt when the drive stops spinning.
> 
> The way I handle this on my actual machine is, that I have put a ^g in
> my grub.conf.
> 
> I realize that we don't use grub on the live cd, but can something
> similar be done there?

Is there any text that appears before the boot prompt? If it's text we define 
(such as in boot.msg), we could use the same trick. However, I'm not sure if 
this is the best way. We (releng, gentoo, me personally...take your pick) really 
don't like hacks like that, especially on official media.

Do you even need to do anything at the boot prompt? The CD will boot 
automatically after a small delay.

Really, this is something that should be taken upstream for grub and isolinux. 
However, I've never heard of an "accessible" bootloader :P

-- 
Andrew Gaffney                                 http://dev.gentoo.org/~agaffney/
Gentoo Linux Developer             Catalyst/Installer + x86 release coordinator
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