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

Frantisek Rysanek Frantisek.Rysanek at post.cz
Fri Nov 15 00:06:21 PST 2019

For William R. Somsky:

On 14 Nov 2019 at 23:38, Ady Ady via Syslinux wrote:
> If you go to:
>  https://packages.debian.org/sid/all/syslinux-efi/download 
> ... among additional info, you will see a (partial) list of mirrors. 
I'd like to second that - the .DEB is really a renamed targzipped 
tarball, and the bootloader binaries are in fact pretty 
distro-agnostic, as they do not depend on libc or anything else in 
the user space. It's a boot loader, see? :-)

Let me repeat the following from my message:

> > Currently, the Syslinux-related binary packages in Debian are:
> > 
> > _ extlinux
> > _ isolinux
> > _ pxelinux
> > _ syslinux
> > _ syslinux-common
> > _ syslinux-efi
> > _ syslinux-utils
> >
> okay thanks a lot for explaining that :-)
> So for the record at the moment: 
> I've tried the syslinux.efi from
>   syslinux-efi_6.04~git20190206.bf6db5b4+dfsg1-1_all.deb
> and ldlinux.e64 from
>   syslinux-common_6.04~git20190206.bf6db5b4+dfsg1-1_all.deb
the two packages (tarballs) are at:

> The current status of development of Syslinux leaves users with 
> very few pragmatical choices (if/when we limit ourselves to 
> Syslinux).
Apologies for following up on that subversive note:
I have recently obtained the following gem of advice from someone 
called Randy Goldenberg in the help-grub at gnu.org mailing list:

> I recommend iPXE.
> http://ipxe.org/


Sorry to claim that here, but in my experience of the last few days, 
WRT UEFI netbooting, that advice is spot on :-D
See also the attached primitive configuration example,
and that's probably just scratching the surface.

It's funny. I've known and used iPXE before, for ages, for its 
original primary purpose: as a PXE bootROM. The bit I've been missing 
was that today, it's also pretty useful as a chain-loadable network 
bootloader that can start Linux kernels directly, can have a "config 
file" (a script really) etc.

Frank Rysanek

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