[syslinux] pxelinux and syslinux configuration files

Shaya Potter spotter at cs.columbia.edu
Mon Aug 28 12:05:35 PDT 2006

Shaya Potter wrote:
> Am I wrong to believe that pxelinux can't use syslinux configurtion 
> files as is?
> I have a syslinux/isolinux setup that works fine in those environments, 
> lets me boot a root file system based on different criteria.
> However, when I moved it over to pxelinux, i'm able to have it get an ip 
> address over dhcp, fetch pxelinux.0 over tftp and seemingly fetch 
> 'default' from /pxelinux.cfg/ (tftpd-hpa).  However, it immediately 
> fetches 'linux' (as in the kernel) from / (again tftpd-hpa) and doesn't 
> seem to fetch my initrd at all.
> this is 2 problems.
> a) it doesn't give me a chance to select which configuration I want 
> (even thought I have "PROMPT 1"
> b) it's not fetching the minirt
> this leads me to think that it's not seeing the 'default' and for some 
> reason just fetching 'linux' as a last resort.  Is this correct?  any 
> way to debug this with tftpd-hpa ?

never mind, it was a permission problem (as the 700 fat permission 
carried over)

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