iPXE on OpenBSD

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I got a chance to try Enhanced PXE booting with iPXE on an OpenBSD box and found a couple things that don't work...

Firstly the stock DHCP daemon does not support if statements in the configuration, so this bit to keep iPXE from being told to load iPXE (a loop) didn't work

if exists user-class and option user-class = "iPXE" {
    filename "";
else {
    filename "undionly.kpxe";

To get it to work I had to follow the alternate advice on the chainloading documentation about Breaking the loop with an embedded script.

However, recompiling udnionly.kpxe on OpenBSD 4.9 failed, with the error:

net/fcels.c: In function 'fc_els_prli_detect':
net/fcels.c:1108: internal compiler error: Segmentation fault: 11
Please submit a full bug report,
with preprocessed source if appropriate.
See <URL:http://gcc.gnu.org/bugs.html> for instructions.
gmake: *** [bin/fcels.o] Error 1

(this was GCC 4.2.1). FreeBSD 8.2 also has the same version of GCC and comes up with the same error.

I ended up using an Ubuntu 10.04.3 box, which I believe was GCC 4.4.x, and that worked fine.