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SYSLINUX is a free third-party bootloader available at the SYSLINUX web page.

SYSLINUX is a suite of programs that perform various boot functions. The SmartStart Scripting Toolkit uses the following bootloader programs:

The bootloaders each require a configuration file to run:

In the boot files (isolinux.cfg, default, and syslinux.cfg), the following options are supported in the append statements.




This command specifies the device node or name to mount; for example, /dev/hdc or

sstk_mount_type=<mount type>

This command specifies the file system type of the device; for example, nfs, vfat, or iso9660.

sstk_mount_options=<mount options>

This command specifies the options for mounting the device; for example, ro, or ro,nolock for NFS.

sstk_script=<script filename>

This command specifies the administrator-created script that executes to continue the process. Typically, the script uses Toolkit tools to configure and update the system, and then begins an operating system installation.


This command causes the bootstrap script to load network drivers and use DHCP to acquire a network address.

The bootstrap script included with the Toolkit performs the following commands:

mount -t $sstk_mount_type $sstk_mount /mnt/main -o $sstk_mount_options

exec /mnt/main/$sstk_script

For more information about SYSLINUX usage, see the SYSLINUX web page.