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    1 gPXE README File
    2 
    3 gPXE is an implementation of the PXE specification for network
    4 booting, with extensions to allow additional features such as booting
    5 via HTTP, iSCSI, and AoE.  
    6 
    7 In generally, gPXE is compatible with the industry-standard PXE
    8 specification, and also supports Etherboot .nbi file loading and some
    9 additional protocols and features.
   10 
   11 For more detailed information about gPXE, please visit our project
   12 website at: http://etherboot.org/
   13 
   14 BUILDING gPXE IMAGE FROM SOURCE
   15 
   16 If you don't want to install development tools, and have access to the
   17 Web, you can get gPXE and Etherboot ROM images made on demand from
   18 http://rom-o-matic.net/
   19 
   20 If you would like to compile gPXE images from source, here are some tips.
   21 
   22 We normally compile gPXE images on x86, 32-bit Linux machines. It is
   23 possible to also use x86-64 machines. We use gcc compiler options to
   24 create 32-bit output.
   25 
   26 It is important to have the necessary software  packages installed.  A gcc-based
   27 toolchain is required.
   28 
   29 The following packages (at least) are required:
   30 
   31   - a gcc tool chain (gcc 3.x or gcc 4.x)
   32   - binutils
   33   - perl
   34   - syslinux
   35   - mtools
   36   
   37 To test your environment, cd to the "src" directory and type:
   38 
   39    make
   40 
   41 You should see a lot of output, and when it stops, the "bin" directory
   42 should be populated with gPXE images and object files.
   43 
   44 To learn more about what to build and how to use gPXE, please visit our
   45 project website at http://etherboot.org/ , particularly the "howto" section.
   46 
   47 CONTACTING US
   48 
   49 Pointers to our project mailing lists are on http://etherboot.org/
   50 
   51 Real-time help is often available on IRC on the #etherboot channel of
   52 irc.freenode.net.
   53