From Syslinux Wiki
Revision as of 22:22, 26 July 2007 by Bls (talk | contribs) (Add 3.30 info)

Jump to: navigation, search

Changes in 3.51:

  • EXTLINUX: Fix failure to find the configuration file.

Changes in 3.50:

  • New keywords allow the type of file to be specified in the configuration file.
  • It is now supported to load a different configuration file with the CONFIG keyword.
  • Fix API call 0x0019 (Read Disk.)
  • MENU AUTOBOOT, MENU TABMSG, MENU PASSPROMPT allows internationalization of menu messages.
  • A new feature, TEXT HELP, allows the administrator to set a multi-line help message for individual selections.
  • Fix API call 0x0012 (Cleanup, shuffle and boot.)
  • New API call "Cleanup, shuffle and boot to flat protected mode"
  • New API call "Cleanup, shuffle and boot to real mode", similar to API call 0x0012 but allows arbitrary register setting.
  • Introduce a library interface for loading arbitrary binary formats with relatively easily understood code. See the elf.c32 module for an example on how to use it.
  • New module elf.c32, to load a protected-mode ELF kernel.
  • MBR (old and new): Fix bug in CHS mode when LBA > 65535*sectors.
  • vesamenu: fix decoding of palettized PNG images.
  • Update the Linux kernel boot protocol.
  • PXELINUX: Press Ctrl-N at the boot prompt to read out the network info.
  • Instead of the (non-existent) MAC, use the client identifier for networks like Infiniband and Firewire/1394.
  • Add a new INCLUDE command to the core syslinux parser.
  • Allow binding help text to F11 and F12.
  • F-key help now available in the simple menu system.
  • Disabled the polling for ARP during idle. It is simply too slow on some (broken!) PXE stacks.
  • PXELINUX: also try to fetch the config file based on UUID.
  • SYSLINUX/EXTLINUX: New RAID mode (-r) which calls the BIOS to load the next device (typically the next drive) on boot failure.

Changes in 3.36:

  • MEMDISK: Disable EDD by default on floppy disks. EDD can be enabled with the "edd" option and disabled with "noedd". This (hopefully) should make Ghost work again.
  • SYSLINUX: "unix" installer now uses Linux ioctls instead of using libfat.
  • New MBR which can boot from logical partitions.
  • SYSLINUX: Fix bug in detecting special extensions which was introduced in 3.35 :(
  • PXELINUX: Unbreak chainbooting FreeBSD (and possibly others.)

Changes in 3.35:

  • MEMDISK: New "safeint" mode.
  • MEMDISK: Be more compliant with the PnP BIOS spec.
  • MEMDISK: Turn on EDD support by default.
  • MEMDISK: Try to work on some machines on which it would not work when there was no floppy drive in the system.
  • Simple menu system: fix serial console support (broken in 3.30).
  • SYSLINUX: Support subdirectories. Like ISOLINUX, the "current directory" is the directory in which syslinux.cfg is found; this is searched for in the sequence /boot/syslinux, /syslinux, /. As a side benefit, label names like "linux-2.6.18" and "linux-2.6.19" are now supported.

    To install ldlinux.sys in a subdirectory, pass the -d directory option to the SYSLINUX installer.

    This work was sponsored by (thanks, Tomas!)
  • New API call: read disk.
  • Invoke ONERROR on initrd load failure.

Changes in 3.31:

  • The simple menu system (menu.c32 and vesamenu.c32) now support loading more than one configuration file at a time, using MENU INCLUDE or by specifying multiple filenames.
  • The MENU COLOR statement can now control the shadowing mode.

Changes in 3.30:

  • libcom32 extended to support graphics mode and graphical console.
  • vesamenu.c32, new graphical version of the Simple Menu System, see
  • New com32 modules by Erwan Velu do selection based on CPUID or PCI devices present.
  • RPM spec: add syslinux-tftpboot module; move syslinux by default to the /usr/share/syslinux directory.
  • RPM spec: extlinux is now a separate package.