Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 388131
syslinux may truncate a kernel command line (with recent "stable")
Last modified: 2009-01-09 00:15:16 EST
Description of problem:
The following is a quote from H. Peter Anvin posting on lkml
(the whole text for example here:
and see also a related thread).
It has been reported that while this patch fixes old LILO, and possibly
some other boot loaders (unknown), it has also broken older versions of
SYSLINUX: they still boot, but the command line is truncated (exactly
how much depends on the BIOS, but typical values are around 130 bytes.)
This is definitely traceable to a bug in SYSLINUX that was already fixed
in release 3.50 (the current version of SYSLINUX is 3.52).
Versions used by Fedora are quite a bit lower than 3.50.
Oh, corresponding patches which would trigger that went into
184.108.40.206 and today, in quick succession, we are at 220.127.116.11. :-)
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