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#Why use PXELINUX



You may have a running Linux server supporting network boot via [PXELINUX](http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/PXELINUX), because it allows a nice selection menu of bootable images, and want to add a NetBSD kernel to the menu.


In an experimental environment, this would allow to boot diagnostic tools like memtest, Linux kernels like [GRML](http://grml.org/), a variety of Linux installers, and also to install NetBSD without removable devices.


However, if the networked machine is already dedicated to NetBSD, using pxeboot_ia32.bin directly to boot a NetBSD kernel for repairs or boot a diskless workstation with NetBSD would be better.

#Using PXELINUX to chain boot


PXELINUX can not only boot Linux kernels, but also a boot sector. Thus, we can instruct PXELINUX to load the NetBSD netboot loader pxeboot_ia32.bin, which then can load a NetBSD kernel.


The only tricky thing is where to put which files. The two files needed are e.g. on a bootable CD-ROM.



* copy pxeboot_ia32.bin to the same directory where pxelinux.0 resides. The DHCP config file may contain filename="/lts/i386/pxelinux.0", then copy pxeboot_ia32.bin to e.g. /tftpboot/lts/i386/
* copy the kernel, e.g. netbsd-INSTALL.gz, to the directory denoted option root-path "/opt/ltsp/i386" in the DHCP config file, possibly renaming it to the default netbsd.
* Edit the pxelinux.cfg/default (or any other file there) e.g. like this 
<pre><code>
# NetBSD
 label netbsd
 kernel pxeboot_ia32.bin
</code></pre>

In case of a NetBSD installation, proceed as in [Example installation](http://www.netbsd.org/docs/guide/en/chap-exinst.html), using probably FTP, HTTP or NFS as installation source.



Remarks:



* The kernel(s) can and should stay gzipped
* Unless an installation kernel is used, it will try to NFS-mount the root-path from the DHCP config file as root and assume it is writable, i.e. try to be a diskless workstation, see link below
* For NetBSD 5, use NETBSD_INSTALL_FLOPPY.GZ as installation kernel 


#See also


* <http://www.netbsd.org/docs/network/netboot/>
* <http://www.netbsd.org/docs/network/netboot/local.install.html> (not linked in the above document)
* <http://wp.lando.cc/category/operation-systems/netbsd/>

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