iQUIK relies on having OFW properties or boot arguments to figure out where to look for the configuration file. Having the user pass extra arguments involves knowing those arguments - in our case, the file path and the device path. While the first we know (as a developer), the second depends on the choice of boot media and machine. Of course, we could bake in nasty logic to special case CDs, or scan all partitions on the booted device, or use magic locations in the binary, but none of this is a clean approach.
Ideally we would want to run on a CHRP machine, where we could boot a "CHRP script", which looks something like this:
This would let us verify the target system, and run arbitrary Forth to set up the needed parameters (or even interact with the user). A good example of a complicated CHRP script is the MacOS ROM file on NewWorlds, which is a pretty large blob of Forth followed by an embedded ELF image.
FreeBSD/powerpc bootloader FreeBSD $FreeBSD$ MacRISC MacRISC3 MacRISC4 boot device:partition,\ppc\kernel;.elf
But we're on OldWorld. No bootinfo support. What can we do? We can do pretty much the same, except we have to prefix our Forth with a machine code stub that will call into PROM to interpret the following Forth code. Afterwards, we can pass control to the regular boot loader, which is embedded right after the Forth words. Whereas before the boot partition contained just the iQUIK boot block, now it's a "sandwich" of simply concatenated Forth hand-off stub, the Forth code and the iQUIK boot block. All we have to do is compute the load address correctly, such that the iQUIK boot block falls on its expected linked address.