[syslinux] Boot prompt ignored

Ady ady-sf at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 6 09:11:28 PDT 2016

> > I also sent (off-list) a bootable floppy image to GeneC, using binaries 
> > from Fedora 24, package version "6.03-6" (coincidentally), and a simple 
> > syslinux.cfg, replicating the behavior.
> > 
> Testing with:
> _ 6.03-8.fc24 : still the same unwanted behavior as 6.03-6.fc24;
> _ 6.04-0.1.fc25: works correctly (regarding this matter).
> I still think that distributions using 6.03+ should be able to get help 
> about this issue from The Syslinux Project.
> Unfortunately, there have been no useful comment / explanation / tip / 
> clue from developers about how to solve it with practical steps.
> Regards,
> Ady.
Someone (I do know who, if it happens to be important) in irc #syslinux claims 
that the commit:


"ldlinux: Fix return pointer to local data"

should solve the problem.

I have not tested this claim myself, but I have no reason to doubt it.

Distributions (re)building Syslinux 6.03 with gcc5+ should patch their 
respective packages with this commit, among several others [1].

Some of the distributions (and current packages) that were already having this 
problem (and therefore are recommended to patch their packages [1] and rebuild 
them) are:

_ ArchLinux and derivatives (6.03-6)
_ Debian (Testing+) and derivatives (6.03+dfsg-13)
_ Fedora 24+ (possibly prior releases too) and derivatives (6.03-8)

The distributions that might be affected by this issue are not limited to the 
above list; the list just mentions some distributions that were somehow 
"involved" in the report (with no relation to package maintainers). I am aware 
of some additional ones that might be (or are) affected too.

Note: The following wiki page lists _only some_ of the building issues and 
workarounds (e.g. some of the issues related to gcc are not included).



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