[syslinux] pxelinux and http

Steve Glines sglines at is-cs.com
Wed May 19 14:29:11 PDT 2004

Michael - sounds like we are working on projects with similar 
requirements. I am attempting to build a floppy image with busybox and 
just enough "stuff" to present a menu and "wget" a bootstrap install 
program. If this sounds close to what you are looking for let me know 
... I'm almost there.


Michael Blandford wrote:
> Timothy Legge wrote:
>> 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?
>> Michael
>> 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.
> My goal is to keep any decision making away from tftp and put it on a 
> web server where I can make programatic decisions.
> For example, if a host boots from the network, it requests a bootloader 
> via tftp.  That bootloader would pull a config file ( again from tftp 
> ).  I would like that config file to be very basic and static for all 
> hosts.
> If the config file needed vmlinuz or initrd, it would make an http 
> request.  Now, the web server could look into a database and decide 
> which kernel and ramdisk to hand out.  Maybe you get OS 4.x today but 
> tomorrow the web server would hand out 5.x.  It makes maintaining 
> multiple builds and hosts much easier than dealing with many config files.
> Is this something I could do with etherboot?  I do not want to modify 
> the hardware in any way.
> Michael
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