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

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar
Wed Nov 23 22:49:20 EST 2011

On 11/23/2011 05:45 PM, Thomas Bächler wrote:
> Am 23.11.2011 21:02, schrieb Thomas Bächler:
>> Am 23.11.2011 01:00, schrieb Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi:
>>> Its add support for downloading the ISO image via HTTP/FTP with curl or download *.sfs files.
>>> The files are downloaded on /run/archiso/curlspace (tmpfs) and setup a loop dev from it
>>> (like in archiso_loop_mnt) in the ISO case, or just do a bind mount to
>>> /run/archiso/bootmnt in the other case.
>>> This hook must be located after archiso_pxe_nbd in mkinitcpio.conf, in that way
>>> NBD is the default.
>> 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?
>> 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.
>> Also: when can we get an image on releng that contains this hook?
> This is what I have in mind (test it, it's fun).
> https://releng.archlinux.org/pxeboot/
> https://releng.archlinux.org/pxeboot/README
I read the README, I guess you want to say HTTP server instead of TFTP 
server ;)

> As I said, all we need to finalize this is
> 1) the extracted ISO image (aitab, .sfs) on releng (or, for a release,
> on all mirrors),
> 2) preferably a resolver in the initramfs.

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi
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