DEATHSPL is OBSOLETE.
We can repartition these things -- to ANY layout we like -- withOUT changing or modifying the SPL!
This is even compatible with a STOCK SPL! I.e. 0.95.0000.
This is something I discovered while looking at the MTD drivers.
The mtd drivers accept partition table specified on the KERNEL COMMAND LINE! And this SUPERSEDES the automatic table discovery method.
This is the command line argument for STOCK partition layout:
the "-c" parameter to fastboot allows you to add kernel parameters. This is good for booting RECOVERY images and applying custom layouts.
The second method is to build the custom layout into your boot.img or recovery.img.
This can be done using the "--cmdline" parameter to mkbootimg.
Notes: The smallest possible partition is 128k.
The partition sizes must be MULTIPLES of 128k and must start on an offset that is a multiple of 128k. The memory size is 256MB precisely.
Note: DO NOT modify ANYTHING before the START of the boot partition, i.e. offset 0x2bc0000. If you do, it won't boot!
We now have a BETA implementation of this concept: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...1&postcount=39
Thanks go to Firerat, who did the actual implementation work in converting CM 5.0.8 to this process.
Also thanks to skraw at CM forums who asked a silly question that started the gears a crankin and ended up getting this as an answer.
** just goes to show that there is no such thing as a stupid question.