hpa at zytor
Feb 28, 2008, 12:47 PM
Luciano Rocha wrote:
Task wishlist (was Re: SYSLINUX 3.70-pre1: development release)
> That is interesting. Myself, I've given some thought, but not much time,
> 1. make syslinux a mini-os, with some basic operations (dir and file
> ops, mem alloc, and line input/output). The loader would load a standard
> elf file, and the current features would be implemented as shared
Well, #1 is halfway there. I don't do directory reads or file writes
(writing disk is *much* harder than reading), and I would prefer to not
go down that route.
One thing I'd like to do is to support multiple "COMELF" modules which
can call each other; similar to the way kernel modules work in Linux.
The main piece of technology for that is an ELF dynamic linker, which
obviously have been implemented hundreds of times, but making one work
in a specific environment can easily be as much work as writing one from
> 2. add support for intel-vt/amd-v to memdisk, to allow emulation of
> devices even under linux/windows.
> 3. com32 module for loading linux kernels directly from rpms or debs,
> with the option of keeping the contents of the package as part of the
> Of the three, the last is the simpler and less intrusive, so I've been
> playing with it when I can. But lately I'm just battling with the
> current buildsystem trying to build syslinux with a cross-compiler on my
> OS X powerpc.
> I'd suggest a list on the wiki of tasks that you believe are simple
> enough for someone without much knowledge of syslinux internals, and
> maybe compile a list of more arduous task for participation in google's
> summer of code.
That's a thought. I started something up at:
Right now it's pretty disorganized. As usual with the wiki, I wouldn't
mind help organizing it!
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