[syslinux] Unable to find linux kernel on ext4, filesystem-related root cause assumed

Lukas Schwaighofer lukas at schwaighofer.name
Thu Oct 12 03:34:28 PDT 2017


On Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:29:42 +0000
Ady Ady via Syslinux <syslinux at zytor.com> wrote:
> Relevant developer(s) in Debian have already known about this ext4 
> matter for quite some time, but they consciously choose not to add 
> information in the relevant bug report in Debian's bug tracker. They 
> also actively choose not to implement any workaround nor provide any 
> kind of information to its users. (Please note that Debian is not
> alone in this one; I only mention it here because of OP's scenario.)

I'd like to add to the above: syslinux has been lacking a maintainer
(a volunteer responsible) in Debian since November 2015 [1] .  I'm
currently in the process of adopting it.

Debian's bug tracker does contain a bug which (probably) is related to
this very issue [2].  I suspect this is the bug you are referring to?  I
agree that the bug needs to be clarified, but as there was no
maintainer at the time the problem was reported, claiming that somebody
"consciously choose not to add information" doesn't sound right to me.

I will add information regarding this limitation and the workaround
(disabling the ext4 64bit feature) into the README.Debian file.  I will
also try to reproduce the problem and clarify the bug report.  If you
have other suggestions for making this problem more visible to Debian's
users please let me know.

@Ady: You also mentioned a patch has been proposed.  I was unable to
find this on a quick search, can you provide a link?


[1] https://bugs.debian.org/805268
[2] https://bugs.debian.org/833057

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