[arch-releng] [PATCH 2/3] [archiso] Add archiso_pxe_curl hook

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar
Wed Nov 23 18:24:36 EST 2011

On 11/23/2011 07:46 PM, Thomas Bächler wrote:
> Am 23.11.2011 23:34, schrieb Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi:
>> On 11/23/2011 05:02 PM, Thomas Bächler wrote:
>>> This is extremely useful. Can we get a resolver into initramfs, so we
>>> can use URLs instead of IPs? Can we also have an extracted version of
>>> the netinstall-dual image on releng, instead of only the ISO?
>> Resolver, yes sure I can add libnss_dns + needed .conf.
> Good.
>> About releng.archlinux.org, ask to Dieter.
> Archiso needs to prepare a folder with the needed files (kernel,
> initramfs, aitab, checksum.md5 and *.sfs, I think) in addition to the
> .iso files. These files could be added as an uncompressed .tar archive.
No problem.
>>> We can use this in the following way: Either load gpxelinux via network
>>> boot, or boot gpxe from floppy/USB/CD/hard drive/a "kernel" image. Then,
>>> fetch syslinux configuration file and .c32 files via http. The
>>> configuration file can contain a menu that allows to choose an
>>> architecture and a mirror, allowing to boot the kernel and initrd via
>>> http or ftp, then using the archiso_pxe_curl hook to download and mount
>>> the .sfs files.
>> + bootrom Flashing :P
> A little extreme, but possible.
I did it some time ago in a old motherboard replacing the native pxe 
with gpxe, it boots from BKO (boot.kernel.org) (Arch Linux is here, not 
available now) and also you have the nice shell of gpxe :P

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi
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