Talk:Install Arch from network via PXE

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Use of mkpxelinux script is overkill

The entirety of the "mkpxelinux" sections of this guide can be summed up as using the "mkpxelinux" package to install the package "syslinux" as a dependency and copy the /usr/lib/syslinux/pxelinux.0 to /var/tftpboot. Nothing else provided by the "mkpxelinux" script is used since all of the files that it installs are wiped out by copying the contents of the archboot isolinux folder over /var/tftpboot.

In the situation where you already have a working pxeboot environment setup, you may not want to blindly copy all of the files from the iso over the /var/tftpboot directory. This guide should be expanded to explain PXE booting on a more general level so as to encourage users to understand PXE booting

--Daschu 18:43, 12 August 2009 (EDT)

No doubt you are correct, me having no clue about the general level of PXE booting. I was forced to use it, however, by mean circumstances. After fiddling around long enough to get it working, I fixed the heavily outdated wiki page to merely get some working instructions up again.
Please, everyone more familiar with PXE, go ahead and edit! Cheers, Hokasch 19:06, 22 September 2009 (EDT)

Is a USB-drive required..?

Isn't the thing with PXE boot that you only need a network connection? That you don't need a CD/DVD or USB-drive? If I understand this guide correctly, you set up dhcpd and tftpd, only to *boot* Arch, and then Arch mounts the install image/USB-drive. I might be wrong, but is it not possible to get the install-image over tftp? I think this would be a much better solution. --Bjoernfan 03:57, 4 December 2008 (EST)

Article out of date?

Well it seems this got a bit out of date... "mkpxelinux -a" is not a valid command, it doesn't accept the "-a", furthermore there is no pxelinux.0 file in /usr/share/mkpxelinux

Out of date

Article seems out of date:

  1. - Their is no such file boot/archlive.img after mounting the Arch.2009.02.img
  2. - Also pxelinux.0 does not exist in /usr/share/mkpxelinux/pxelinux.0

Netboot ?

I just packaged netboot on AUR, which is a minimal implementation of DHCP + BOOTP for easy PXE boot. Using it instead of dhcpd+tftpd is easier and requires less configuration, so I think it would be interesting to modify the instructions on this page to use it. Delroth 12:40, 9 March 2010 (EST)

Confirm : instructions are outdated

What I wrote as workaround in bash to do the trick ( none solutions on aur, wiki or bbs works as-is with archlinux-2011.08.19-core-i686.iso !) :



[[ $1 ]] || { echo >&2 "Usage: $0 /path/to/iso"; exit 1; }

trap '\rm -f /arch /nbd-server.conf' 0 1 2 3 15

archiso-pxe-server -s "$1"
pkill dnsmasq
cd /tmp/archiso-pxe-server/syslinux
cp -a ../nbd-server.conf arch /
netboot $broadcats $serverip $range $clientmac

Quick & dirty, but that works, I can boot my EEEPC 1005HA with PXE (no cdrom)

--Sputnick 19:08, 3 September 2011 (EDT)