[ipxe-devel] SOLVED [was: Re: Transfer of a whole Dir with wimboot?]

Oliver Rath oliver at greenunit.de
Sun Oct 28 21:44:56 UTC 2018

Hi Christian,

taking a 7z.exe-File is an excellent idea! Youre right, normally there
are only 3 files for a proper driver and youre right again, this only
makes sense for these nic drivers, because anything else can be
chainloaded via samba-resource.



On 28.10.18 22:39, Christian Nilsson wrote:
> This should only be done for NIC drivers, but for those you could
> consider to add 7z.exe and relevant archives of the files, and then
> extract that inside winpe, but a proper driver only has 3 files (.inf,
> .cat, .sys)
> Any non nic drivers are instead loaded over the network from within pe
> - this reduces issues (hangs) during bootup, and makes it easier to
> troubleshoot such issues.
> On Sun, 28 Oct 2018 at 22:33, Oliver Rath <oliver at greenunit.de> wrote:
>> Hi Christian,
>> thank you for the fast answer! My idea was to transfer hardware-specific
>> driver files (depending on busid) dynamicly to the boot.wim-Image. Imho
>> the image *has* a directory-structure, although the overloading with
>> initrd can only put files into \Windows\System32.
>> Every windows NIC-driver has multiple files, so it would have been
>> comfortable to overload it in one step.
>> If I understand the second link (i dont know that) right, the overloaded
>> file is viewable in *every* dir?
>> Nevertheless, if the files only can loaded one by one, it is ok for me, too.
>> Tfh!
>> Oliver
>> On 28.10.18 21:18, Christian Nilsson wrote:
>>> On Sun, 28 Oct 2018 at 21:11, Oliver Rath <oliver at greenunit.de> wrote:
>>>> Hi list,
>>>> is it possible to transfer a whole directory at once with wimboot/initrd
>>>> or do I have to transfer each file seperatly? Am I able to create a dir
>>>> with this mechanism?
>>> What is your end goal?
>>> There is no directory structure supported by wimboot (well there is,
>>> but you can't affect it since it is magic, see provided links)
>>> And also any injected file is just copied to system32 - without any
>>> structure available.
>>> for initrd, there is no way for it to load multiple files - maybe it
>>> would be possible on FTP or NFS, but there is no directory listing
>>> support in TFTP or HTTP so that would mostly be unused code - as such
>>> you will have to list files one by one that you want to load.
>>> https://ipxe.org/wimboot#injected_files
>>> https://ipxe.org/appnote/wimboot_architecture#the_wimboot_virtual_filesystem
>>> /Christian

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