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Bug 229289 - pxelinux.0 does not support pxe menus
Summary: pxelinux.0 does not support pxe menus
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: syslinux
Version: 4.4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-19 23:12 UTC by Michael DeHaan
Modified: 2012-06-20 13:18 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-06-20 13:18:51 UTC
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example menu file generated from cobbler (deleted)
2007-02-19 23:12 UTC, Michael DeHaan
no flags Details

Description Michael DeHaan 2007-02-19 23:12:34 UTC
Description of problem:

The version of syslinux that ships on RHEL4U4 does not support PXE menus.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1.  use a tftp defaults file that contains menu.c32 code -- assume menu.c32 file
copied from a newer version of syslinux.
2.  watch machine PXE boot
3.  note "unknown option in config file message" and that menu options don't
work (user gets stuck in menu).

Actual results:

See steps to reproduce.

Expected results:

Menus work, as with FC6.   It would also be desirable to see the syslinux
package bundle menu.c32 as in fedora.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Michael DeHaan 2007-02-19 23:12:34 UTC
Created attachment 148377 [details]
example menu file generated from cobbler

Comment 2 John Hodrien 2007-03-13 13:13:00 UTC
Is that example file correct?  I'd always created pxe menus as described in the
syslinux documentation (/usr/share/doc/syslinux-*/ such that they'd
always have:

DEFAULT menu.c32

to actually load the menu code.

Comment 3 Michael DeHaan 2007-03-13 14:29:37 UTC
It works.  The above example has been tweaked to work around another bug in
syslinux.  Namely that the menu does not timeout regardless of what the timeout
interval is set to.  It will print the timeout but it will not count down. Ergo,
we don't enter into the menu unless the user has requested it.  A bit ugly, but

The example above will launch into the PXE menu when you type "menu" at the prompt.

Your example is also right, though it's not suitable for non-interactive use
from what I've seen, due to the busted timeout handling when using menu.c32.

Anyhow, neither menu item applies here, as menu.c32 does not work on RHEL with
the shipping version of syslinux.  (Nor does it ship menu.c32).  That's what
this bugzilla was about.

Comment 5 Jiri Pallich 2012-06-20 13:18:51 UTC
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