[syslinux] extlinux from syslinux 4.04 failed hard after choosing bzImage.

Gene Cumm gene.cumm at gmail.com
Sat Nov 19 16:17:07 PST 2011

On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 18:03, Tyler Durden <tylerdu at bounced.me> wrote:
> On 19.11.2011 16:11, Piotr Karbowski wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Today I replaced grub(1) with syslinux on my laptop, after rebooting to
>> syslinux and selecting kernel I got massive freeze along with colorful
>> output to screen - http://i.imgur.com/lFjFc.jpg
>> I think I tried everything, even doing esc and writing after boot:
>> /bzImage-3.1.0, after enter I had the same freeze with the same screen
>> artefacts.
> Last week I stumbled across the same bug. Couldn't boot kernel 3.1.0 with
> exactly the same symptoms as you (screen full of weird characters).
> Fortunately, there's a simple workaround I found here:
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=647603
> Just rename the kernel image to something that doesn't end with zero (e.g.
> bzImage-3.1) and it will boot just fine.
> Somehow extlinux chokes on kernel image names with zero in the last place.
> Strange...

It's a feature for the file type "guessing" documented in
syslinux.txt.  I should have seen that one.


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