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Gentoox Loader and Netboot request

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 9:51 am
by BigBowser
Hi Shallax,

Yesterday I upgraded my modchip (xecuter 3) with Gentoox Loader 6.02, and congratulations: your Netboot is a real usefull function!

And I think you can make it better by adding a "web server" function, let me explain wht I think: with this web server you'll be able to connect to your xbox, selecting linuxboot.cfg, vmlinuz and initrd from you're computer files, automaticaly upload them and booting the xbox.

It's a bit like Xecuter3 Flashbios, but with more than just one file.. It may be more usefull than the actual Netboot because of .t00x file (it's easiest to put directly files you want).

Sorry if you don't understand what I wrote, I know that I've a bad english..

Anyway, cheers

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:49 pm
by ShALLaX
I understand just fine. I had thought about doing it that way, but, generally speaking, netbooting always makes the system that _wants_ to boot the client... not the other way around.

It's certainly something I will consider for the future - it wouldn't be hard either considering that I already have a functioning webserver in Gentoox Loader. In fact, it will probably make it into the next release of Gentoox Loader... however, until I get a <1.6 and a decent modchip (Xecuter 2/3) I can't do anything. Having had to buy a new router certainly won't help with this!

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:52 am
by BigBowser
I'm very happy for you, now you've got a new xbox devkit, you'll be able to continue Gentoox Loader :D

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 7:41 pm
by ShALLaX
Go check the Gentoox homepage, I think you'll be happy ;)

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:04 am
by BigBowser
Shallax, you're my god :D
I'll test it as soon as I can, but anyway you did an awesome job :shock:!!! Thanks a million thousand times!

*EDIT*: I've just tested it, it's fully working, kernel and initrd upload worked very well, the box also :D

I tested it with Rectoox (.iso extracted): all is fully working,

but I'd like to add something about Rectoox itself: Is it possible to make Rectoox reaching network from DHCP first (and only after statically)? because of my local parameters it makes me an IP conflit and I lost my internet connection (modifying so many times eth0 on my computer is a bit annoying..)

Anyway I thank you for all you did, and for you're great job. To my opinion Gentoox Loader took a step of giant! :wink:

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:54 pm
by ShALLaX
I made Resctoox static specifically because sometimes calling DHCP can lock up your Xbox (if the date and time are not set)... it wouldnt be much of a rescue system if it locked up!

What I will do, however, is make it so you can set the network details via the append line.

Glad you like the new Loader!

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:24 pm
by BigBowser
Via the append line? Not a so bad idea..

Ohh also, check if you can that reiserfs works natively with the Loader, because I followed the tutorial made by cheesyboofs to run gentoox 100% natively and on boot no linuxboot.cfg was found, but I tried it with ext3 FS and after linuxboot was found... :? Did you remove reiserfs support on boot?

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:39 pm
by ShALLaX
Reiserfs support is still there. Anyway, I've released a new Resctoox and Gentoox loader now.

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:45 pm
by BigBowser
You and all you're Gentoox are better every day, this add was exactly what I needed :D

Maybe a day the Loader will be as big and featured as Rectoox itself (maybe the next week :shock: ).

Just by curiosity, how many Kb are used in the Loader? (or how many are free :lol: )

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:16 pm
by ShALLaX
About 81% of the loader is used (though I could optimise that by quite a bit).

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:20 pm
by cheesyboofs
Respect to you shallax you have really excelled yourself this time!