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rexregis 04-10-2011 08:26 AM

Upgrade suggestion: SYSLINUX
I see in -current syslinux is at version 3.84. I would suggest upgrading it to latest, 4.03. Reasons being, as far I know, syslinux is the only bootloader that can boot directly into btrfs, without requiring a seperate /boot. Slack's -current version only allows for ext2/3, where as syslinux now supports ext2/3/4 and btrfs.

I am doing a manual upgrade of syslinux, so I don't need it in -current, but still a suggestion for people wanting a full btrfs only install. TIP: From what I've read, it does require /boot to be in the root of btrfs as a mkdir and not as a subvolume.

sahko 04-10-2011 04:08 PM

I would like that too, but dont think its gonna happen so close to release. And it had been requested before, some days ago.

piratesmack 04-10-2011 04:48 PM

I sent Pat an e-mail regarding syslinux about a week ago, and from his reply it doesn't sound like he'll be updating until after 13.37 is released.


I'll consider their request the next time we update syslinux, but it's working well right now (and has been unchanged for over a year) so it won't be changed before the 13.37 release.
PS: syslinux 4.04 may be released soon :)

piratesmack 06-25-2012 11:35 AM

Sorry for the bump, I just wanted to repeat this request before it gets too close to the Slackware 14 release :)

CTM 06-25-2012 12:14 PM

We asked a couple of months ago. Nothing yet, but hopefully 4.05 makes it into Slackware 14 for the very reasons you gave.

Alien Bob 06-25-2012 03:22 PM

From the latest ChangeLog.txt:

Mon Jun 25 17:22:40 UTC 2012
a/syslinux-4.05-x86_64-1.txz:  Upgraded.
  It's not too late for this.  Thanks to piratesmack for the reminder.


Alien Bob 06-25-2012 03:24 PM

Oops, second post deleted.. went into the wrong thread...

piratesmack 06-25-2012 04:30 PM

Wow, that was fast. Thanks Pat

CTM 06-25-2012 05:38 PM

Rejoice! Thanks guys :)

ruario 06-27-2012 04:37 PM

Really glad I stumbled onto this thread. I hadn't really thought about Syslinux being part of Slack. Having recently played around with it (well Extlinux), I think it might be my new favourite boot manager. It is simple to understand, easy to configure and has some features that lilo is missing like booting from a GPT partitioned disk.

Anyway, even though I was hardly aware of it just a couple of days ago I'm glad that the update made it into 14, since I'll probably switch to it for my next install. ;)

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