[ipxe-devel] Request for syslinux com32r support.

Andrew Stuart andrew at shopcusa.com
Thu Apr 28 05:21:31 UTC 2011

On 4/27/2011 8:56 PM, Daniel Verkamp wrote:
> (Resending to list, sent to Shao only by accident...)
> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 8:36 PM, Miller, Shao
> <shao.miller at yrdsb.edu.on.ca>  wrote:
>> Is there a problem with using iPXE ->  PXELINUX?  They can certainly be
>> packaged together.
>> COMBOOT32 modules are "going away" in favour of ELF, and maybe even EFI
>> modules after that.  This might be a waste of effort unless you have a
>> strong case for it.
>> Daniel Verkamp's original COMBOOT module support for gPXE was certainly
>> great work and has come in handy.
>> - Shao Miller
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ipxe-devel-bounces at lists.ipxe.org
>> [mailto:ipxe-devel-bounces at lists.ipxe.org] On Behalf Of Andrew Stuart
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 21:35
>> To: ipxe-devel at ipxe.org
>> Subject: [ipxe-devel] Request for syslinux com32r support.
>> Are there any developers interested in getting syslinux com32r support
>> added to ipxe?
>> I'm interested in seeing if some $$ would motivate someone to get it
>> done? I don't have a lot to throw at it, nor know how much effort would
>> be required to get it done.
>> Payment via paypal, The only requirement I have is that it is high
>> quality so that it can be added to future builds of ipxe (which implies
>> patch is open source)
>> -Andrew
> I do have a preliminary patch for COM32R that I put together recently,
> but it's unfinished (see attached).
> I don't have the time to finish this at the moment, but anyone else is
> welcome to use it as a base for further work.
> This patch just recognizes the new COM32R signature and loads them in
> the same fixed location as regular COM32 modules. The new arguments to
> the entry point are also bogus.  This shouldn't break any existing,
> working COM32 modules, but most COM32R modules that do anything
> interesting probably won't work yet.
> Chaining to PXELINUX is probably the better option going forward.
> -- Daniel

Yeah, I knew before making this offer that it would be short lived. I 
don't think Syslinux 5 is right around the corner though. Maybe I'm 
wrong, but I am guessing since 4 was released not too long ago, we have 
another 6 months/year before 5 is out.


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