[syslinux] Timeout

Kai Hendry hendry at cs.helsinki.fi
Wed Nov 12 00:34:22 PST 2003

Good morning,

I think SYSLINUX is the bootloader for several Linux disb CDs. Please
forgive me if I am wrong, as it difficult to discover that information.


After reading that text, is that just modesty, or these Distributions
should be using something else? :)

I have been testing the new debian installer:

After installation you need to remove the CD media, and then put it back
in to finish your installation. This for at least me, presents an
inconvenience and a usability problem.

I would like to able to start an installation, and not have to run back
to it halfway through to fiddle around with fragile CD media.

I have had the experience of installing Windows XP, and I remember when
the CD was in the tray it would present a message like:

Press a key to boot CD ...

And then it would timeout after ten seconds to the next boot medium as
defined in the BIOS.

This is exactly what I want, as I don't want to re-install my machine if
I accidentally leave a boot CD in the tray !

I can see in the documentation, there is a timeout parameter, but I
think this is for the particular kernel option.

What are your thoughts about this?

Kind regards,
-Kai Hendry

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