[syslinux] About 4.xx and 6.xx

Ady ady-sf at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 10 11:30:48 PDT 2016

> On 01/06/2016 03:24, Ady via Syslinux wrote:> @Didier,
> > 
> > There were several potential fixes and improvements that were never 
> > back-ported to the "syslinux-4.xx" branch. The very few commits in that 
> > branch could be added to interested distributions without releasing a 
> > new official version.
> > 
> > Moreover, there were potential new features / additions that were also 
> > not introduced to the "syslinux-4.xx" branch.
> > 
> > IMHO, the few changes after 4.07 do not justify a 4.08 official 
> > release.
> Thanks for your answer Ady.
> However, I cloned the repo and "git branch" only returns:
> * master
> How can I find this "syslinux-4.xx" branch or at least spot the commits
> in that branch more recent than the 4.07 release?
> A did a bit of RTFM but am not acquainted with git so any clue will be
> appreciated.
> Sorry for this < newbie question and thanks in advance.
> Didier
> Off-topic follows.
> This page:
> http://slint.fr/en/screenshots.html
> illustrates sharing by developers of syslinux, lilo and elilo ;)
> @Thomas if you see this, you can add an iso to your collection:
> http://slackware.uk/slint/x86_64/slint-14.2/iso/
Please see:

At the time of this writing, it should be fairly easy to see the 
"syslinux-4.xx" head reference, the "syslinux-4.07" tag (slightly down 
the page), and the few commits between them.

Since I am not a developer, I'd rather not post git commands that I do 
not use myself frequently enough. Hopefully someone else might be able 
to help you with the adequate git command(s).

I would like to mention, again, that most commits in the master branch 
have not been back-ported to the older branches, and thus if / when the 
"syslinux-4.xx" head would be re-built with newer / current versions of 
its building dependencies (e.g. gcc, binutils,...), there is a chance 
of getting worthless binaries, or at least with some misbehavior.


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