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Re: syslinux vesamenu

Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> I've finished and tested the debian-cd patch for using vesamenu. Did
> notice one problem. When the vesamenu is used, "default64" does not
> behave the same as it normally does in syslinux. Rather than setting the
> default that's used then enter is pressed, it makes syslinux
> *immediately* start booting the amd64 installer with no chance for
> interaction.
> So unless it gets fixed[1], default64 can't be used on vesamenu images,
> and I've disabled it. Instead, you need to manually pick amd64 off the
> menu when booting a multiarch image.
> Is this a big problem? At least there is a menu, with "AMD64 install"
> visible on it. (Maybe that would be better named "64 bit install" to
> avoid the amd/ia64/x86_64 confusion..)

I think that when we have the menu it's even better to let the user to
choice instead of setting it for him.

> I've created 3 test CD images that use vesamenu:
> http://kitenet.net/~joey/tmp/vesamenu/
> My feeling is that this is basically ready to go and is quite unlikely
> to break anything in the beta2 timeframe if applied soon.


> PS, the win32-loader.ini file on the multi-arch CDs lists kernel/initrd
> images for amd64, but not for i386. Seems wrong.

Robert, could you take a look at it?

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