Please keep PXE boot capabilities

  • This is a request for keeping a feature that is already working. Booting LibreELEC via PXE works perfectly and is really useful in HTPC environments. In the latest release OpenELEC removed PXE and iSCSI boot (is also mentioned in the changelog: "NFS, NBD, iSCSI Network boot support removed") and i've seen many people complaining about it. I really hope LibreELEC will keep the feature. Thanks

  • I'd caution that nobody I'm aware of among staff uses PXE boot so there is ~zero testing done before releases, but as long as it continues to work there are no plans to remove or sabotage the feature.

  • I'd be glad to write a howto for the wiki and do testing for standard-pxelinux and ipxe in pcbios and efi32/64 flavours if someone is interessted.

  • OK, works now. Had to do something from this thread for the shutdown hang issue:


    Copy /etc/connman/main.conf to /storage/.config/connman_main.conf
    and add the network interface to NetworkInterfaceBlacklist option

    Code
    1. NetworkInterfaceBlacklist = eth0,vmnet,vboxnet,virbr,ifb,docker,veth,ve-,vb-

    Create an autostart script to add default gateway and connman resolv.conf

    nano /storage/.config/autostart.sh

    Code
    1. /sbin/route add -net 0.0.0.0 gw 192.168.90.1
    2. echo -e "search mydomain.org\nnameserver 192.168.90.1" > /run/connman/resolv.conf

    chmod +x /storage/.config/autostart.sh


  • PXE booting is niche but the code bits haven't been touched in years and require no maintenance so it's no issue to leave it in the codebase. Glad you got it working :)

  • PXE booting is niche but the code bits haven't been touched in years and require no maintenance so it's no issue to leave it in the codebase. Glad you got it working :)

    Great...yes, it is nothing better than to have several diskless clients able to use a central media server. I actually am able to remove and use the SSD that came with my boxes for other purposes so a win-win. In case OE gets rid of the article and for posterity, here is a link to it. (sorry, will need to rotate it with your PDF client).

  • I did exactly this but mine still crashes on reboot/shutdown. My logs are here (created the same was as instructed). Any ideas?

  • I did exactly this but mine still crashes on reboot/shutdown. My logs are here (created the same was as instructed). Any ideas?

    I'm not sure if this is related. But it could be due to some hardware storage issues? I see a lot of these in your logs:


    Code
    1. Mar 24 09:12:25 RPi-TV systemd-udevd[270]: Failure opening block device (null): Bad address
    2. Mar 24 09:12:25 RPi-TV systemd-udevd[269]: seq 849 queued, 'add' 'bus'
    3. Mar 24 09:12:25 RPi-TV systemd-udevd[278]: IMPORT builtin 'blkid' /usr/lib/udev/rules.d/95-udevil-mount.rules:9
    4. Mar 24 09:12:25 RPi-TV systemd-udevd[270]: IMPORT builtin 'blkid' returned non-zero

    It doesn't appear you are boot via iSCSI and still using local storage.

  • Interesting. Did you do do a fresh install of Kodi with network booting? I simply copied everything from my SD card to my NAS and then made the modification to cmdline.txt.