[syslinux] pxelinux feature request

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Mon Jan 3 18:00:30 PST 2005

Alexander Heinz wrote:
> Hello!
> I have outlined a proposal for a new feature of pxelinux in 
> http://www.zytor.com/pipermail/syslinux/2004-December/004360.html (see 
> the last couple of sentences) but nobody has commented it, so I am 
> asking again:
> Imagine a company with a lot of departments and where network booting is 
> widely used. Each department has different needs when it comes to 
> operating systems.
> Because things change very often, it would be a nightmare for a single 
> administrator to update the pxelinux configuration file.
> The administrator should be able to delegate the task of maintainung the 
> configuration file to the departments:
> The master configuration file created by the administrator only provides 
> a basic set of boot images and each department should be able to add new 
> ones.

Have you considered autogenerating these from templates?

> Therefore I think that a LOADCONFIG command would be useful for pxelinux.
> Here is an expample:
> pxelinux.cfg/default
> LABEL load_new_config
> when load_new_config is selected pxelinux downloads the file 
> "my_new_config" from the TFTP server with the IP and uses it 
> as its configuration file.
> Comments? Good or bad idea (and why)?

Any reason you can't specify different config files via DHCP options 
and/or links on your TFTP server?


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