[syslinux] pxelinux and http

Timothy Legge tlegge at rogers.com
Wed May 19 13:38:51 PDT 2004

On Wed, 2004-05-19 at 14:18, Michael Blandford wrote:
> Is there any possibility pxelinux could have the ability to pull its 
> kernel/ramdisk/disk images/etc via http instead of tftp?


There is some experimental support in Etherboot for http and domain name
resolution.  Although, if you are downloading pxelinux the fact that
etherboot can do that is negated because you will use the pxelinux
download engine.

> I would really like the ability to pxe boot a machine, have it tftp 
> pxelinux and its config file.  Then, all the files listed in the config 
> file are pulled via http.

If you use mknbi tagged kernels, it would be possible to just get the
files directly with Etherboot.  I believe http/tcp in etherboot is not
efficient yet, but it would be possible.

A far more ambitious project might involve a version of pxelinux that
could use Etherboot's undi support (recent 5.3) as the download engine. 
That could give you the support for all of Etherboot's native
functionality including http.  Of course, that would require work to
both pxelinux and Etherboot.  (Peter slap me if this idea is just plain


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