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

Ady Ady ady-sf at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 14 15:38:51 PST 2019

> If they are useful, then one should note where they can be found
> and how to extract them for anyone not using a Debian-based distro.
> Saying just that they are in the Debian Testing repo, doesn't mean much
> to a non-Debian-er...
A rhetorical question would then be: how many times I should/shall/must 
explain the same procedure and post the same links.

I have been participating in the Syslinux mailing list for several 
years, and I have replied to many emails with information that has 
(already) been previously posted, sometimes by others, sometimes by 
myself. Unfortunately, the development status of Syslinux only 
contributes to such undesired repeating situation.

Perhaps a more positive reply to my email would had been something like 
"I didn't know that anyone could download Debian's packages. Would you 
please show (me) how to do it, or point (me) to some place where users 
could find the information?".

Let's assume you actually did that (in your own way). I'll give one 
example (which I have provided in the past, more than once, and yet, 
I'll do it again).

If you go to:


... among additional info, you will see a (partial) list of mirrors. 
You either click on one of the mirrors in order to download the 
"syslinux-efi" binary package from the "Unstable" (aka "Sid") 
repository, or you can show the complete list of mirrors and move 
forward from there (which, perhaps, might be easier when downloading 
several different packages using this method).

Once you have the ".deb" file (that you just downloaded), you handle it 
as any other archive (using whichever OS and tools you already have). 
For instance, a Windows' user could use 7-zip to open/extract the 
content of that ".deb" archive, which would be shown as a ".tar" file. 
The same 7-zip tool can open/extract the content of this ".tar" file. 
Eventually, this user would find, among others:


(or rather with "\" under Windows, instead of "/").

That's one example. In a recent email I have already posted a list of 
current Syslinux-related packages in Debian, so, based on that example, 
you can find the others too.

Off-topic: please avoid top-posting whenever possible. TIA.


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