[syslinux] possible ext4 handling bug in syslinux 6.03

R Stachowiak rstachowiak at gmail.com
Tue Sep 27 12:04:58 PDT 2016

On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Ady Ady via Syslinux
<syslinux at zytor.com> wrote:

>> Long story short: Failing to load ldlinux.c32 on ext4, but after
>> changing file system from ext4 to ext3, everything worked (all other
>> things being the same).
> Please see:
>  http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/Filesystem#ext

Thank you. Unfortunately I was bitten by mkfs distro differences and
syslinux documentation :) Many distributions (e.g. ubuntu 1604) are
using still older mkfs (17 may 2015 (sic!)) so it worked for me while
Alpine is using mkfs from 17 may 2016 and 64bit flag was there

If I may suggest, I'd strongly change wording on syslinux
webpages/documentation because it states upfront at the beginning that
ext4 is supported. I'd add either '(*)' or 'partially' or anything
else which would warn and redirect user into details.

Ideally extlinux shall check and warn if it's installing on not
compatible filesystem.


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