[syslinux] current state of pxelinux for UEFI...

James Pearson james-p at moving-picture.com
Fri Nov 8 03:56:55 PST 2019

Ady Ady via Syslinux wrote:
> As usual, builds/versions should not be mixed, at least within the same
> platform (bios/ia32/x64).
> Currently, the Syslinux-related binary packages in Debian are:
> _ extlinux
> _ isolinux
> _ pxelinux
> _ syslinux
> _ syslinux-common
> _ syslinux-efi
> _ syslinux-utils
> The list of packages and their contents might (or might not) change in
> the future.
> I don't know for how long we will have to repeat the following: the
> current official upstream git master head is not worth testing, as it
> will either FTBFS or the resulting binaries will fail. Testing official
> upstream 6.04-pre2 or 6.04-pre3 will fail too.
> Unless potential regressions are part of the testing goals, there is no
> point in testing with official upstream 6.03 when 6.04-pre1 (or, even
> better, the current Debian Testing binary packages) are available.

Being a happy pxelinux user for many, many years, my forced introduction 
to booting UEFI about a month ago was not as straight forward as it 
should have been (and hence my reason for subscribing to this list)

It took me a while to find which release of syslinux worked with UEFI - 
in my case 6.04-pre2 (from 
https://www.zytor.com/pub/syslinux/Testing/6.04/) - this appears to work 
the best for me

As I'm not a Debian user, it also took me a while to track down the 
'Debian Testing binary packages' - but using syslinux.efi and 
ldlinux.e64 from these didn't work any better or worse than the 
6.04-pre2 I had already got working ...

May be the Syslinux UEFI Wiki page(s) need to be updated with details of 
which versions _actually_ work (and may be links to the working Debian 
downloads) ?

Or even better, may be a working non-pre 6.04 release ?


James Pearson

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