[arch-releng] Arch Linux Netboot Live System

Christian Hesse list at eworm.de
Thu Jan 31 06:01:45 EST 2013

Hello everybody,

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, so feel free to redirect me
if you have a better address.

The "Arch Linux Netboot Live System" [0] allows to boot Arch Linux install
media directly from internet. At the moment the iPXE image chainloads a
syslinux image providing a graphical menu. The culprit is loading kernel and
initramfs from WAN - tftp is horribly slow if latency increases.

My suggestion is to drop syslinux completely and just use iPXE. Latest
development releases from git do have a menu system [1] and iPXE itself is
capable of loading kernel and initramfs via http (or https or whatever you
prefer), decreasing boot time dramatically.
The only drawback is that iPXE does not have a graphical menu interface... But
who cares - it just has to work reliably, no? ;)

Let me know if you need help implementing this or if you are need any more

[0] https://releng.archlinux.org/pxeboot/
[1] http://ipxe.org/cmd/menu
main(a){char*c=/*    Schoene Gruesse                         */"B?IJj;MEH"
"CX:;",b;for(a/*    Chris           get my mail address:    */=0;b=c[a++];)
putchar(b-1/(/*               gcc -o sig sig.c && ./sig    */b/42*2-3)*42);}
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