[arch-releng] Syslinux Installer / Update Script - Testers Needed

J. W. Birdsong jwbirdsong at jwbirdsong.homelinux.com
Sat Jan 15 23:48:48 EST 2011

On 01/15/11 at 09:52pm, Matthew Gyurgyik wrote:
> Hello Community,
> Over the last few weeks I have been working on Syslinux support for
> the installer. With the help Thomas and Dieter I am nearing the
> completion of this project. As part of this project, I have written
> a script that will help install and update Syslinux (similar to that
> of grub-install).
> Some key features of the script: syslinux-install_update.sh
> * Install Syslinux to the FS + Partition Boot Loader (extlinux
> --install /boot/syslinux)
> * Install Syslinux MBR
> * Detect and optionally set the boot flag on the boot partition
> * Update Syslinux – copy files and execute (extilnux --update
> /boot/syslinux)
> * Support for GPT disks
> * Support for RAID configurations
> The goal is to include this script in the official Syslinux package.
> Therefore we need your help to test it.
> syslinux-install_update.sh -i -a -m ..... install Syslinux, set the
> boot flag (if needed), and install the MBR
> We need tests for the following setups:
> / + /boot on the *same* partition
> / + /boot on the *same* partition - RAID
> /boot + root on *separate* partition
> /boot + root on *separate* partition - RAID
> All of the above using but using the GPT partition layout
> NOTE: This is an alpha/beta stage script. The script modifies the
> first 440 bytes of the disk (using dd) and the partition table
> (using either sfdisk or sgdisk). Although the script should be safe
> to run, I am not responsible for any data loss that may occur.
> Let us know the following:
> * Did the script work for you?
> * What was your partition setup? (see above)
> * What version did you use?
> * If the script did not work, please provide as much information as possible
> Get the script here: https://gist.github.com/772138
> Syslinux Sample Config File: http://projects.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git/plain/syslinux/trunk/syslinux.cfg
> The Syslinux package in testing includes the above configuration file.
> Cheers,
> pyther

I've got an old box i use as a testing box.. I'll give it a shot tomorrow on it and in qemu
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