[ipxe-devel] ipxe configuration files, forum

Michael Brown mbrown at fensystems.co.uk
Wed Mar 30 23:13:29 UTC 2011

On Wednesday 30 Mar 2011 23:16:34 AT - HE wrote:
> i am trying to discover and use ipxe .. i think is a terrific piece of
> software

Thank you!

> however is a bit difficult to customize, not all can (or know) always
> compile code
> is there an option to "include" config files?

You can include an embedded script, which I think is what you want.  There's 
some documentation about this at


At the moment, this still requires you to compile iPXE, but you don't have to 
modify any source code.  All you need to do is create a custom script such as 

  chain http://server/fixed-boot-url

and then build iPXE using

  make bin/undionly.kpxe EMBEDDED_IMAGE=my_script.ipxe

(assuming that undionly.kpxe is the type of iPXE binary that you want to use).

> .. that way default binary package could have an integrated reference to
> "include default.ipxe", which maybe can be loaded aside "boot.kpxe" binary
> using the same protocol before run .. this could give us the freedom and
> ease to write a "default.ipxe" config file according with our needs and
> without needing of edit and recompile entire code

At some point soon(ish), there will be a web interface that allows you to 
build iPXE images without having to compile it yourself.  At this point in 
time, you do need to compile.

> can you install a forum? .. is a bit difficult to share ideas, get help and
> communicate with you

You can use this mailing list, or if you want more interaction you can join 
the IRC channel (#ipxe on irc.freenode.net).  There are usually around 30 
people in the IRC channel (including me), and many of us would be happy to 
help you there.


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