Well, I might not be too helpful, but I'll try: |HOWTO facts. So far, no luck. The server apears to not even here the |Xterminal. Statnet shows some rarp trafic. Some Xterminals expect to get RARP answers instead of BOOTP answers. RARP is an older protocol superceded by BOOTP and DHCP; BOOTP and DHCP servers rarely also serve RARP requests. If you have a linux box on your net, the linux kernel can be configured to provide a RARP server in conjunction with a user-mode program. From linux-2.2.14's Configure.help: -SNIP- Reverse ARP server CONFIG_INET_RARP If there are (usually diskless or portable) machines on your local network that know their hardware Ethernet addresses but don't know their IP addresses upon startup, they can send out a Reverse Address Resolution Protocol (RARP) request to find out their own IP addresses. Diskless Sun 3 machines use this procedure at boot time, and diskless Linux boxes can be configured to do it as well. If you want your Linux box to be able to *answer* such requests, answer Y here; you'll then have to run the program rarp ("man rarp") on your box. If you actually want to use a diskless Sun 3 machine as an X terminal to Linux, say Y here and fetch Linux-Xkernel from ftp://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/network/boot.net/. Superior solutions to the problem of booting and configuring machines over a net connection are given by the protocol BOOTP and its successor DHCP. See the DHCP FAQ http://web.syr.edu/~jmwobus/comfaqs/dhcp.faq.html for details (to browse the WWW, you need to have access to a machine on the Internet that has a program like lynx or netscape). If you want to compile RARP support as a module ( = code which can be inserted in and removed from the running kernel whenever you want), say M here and read Documentation/modules.txt. The module will be called rarp.o. If you don't understand a word of the above, say N and rest in peace. -SNIP- If that was obvious, just tell me to shut up... =) -- ========================================================================= Robert Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Southwestern Adventist University "My opinions are my own. Want one?" Department of Computer Science =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: Robert Thompson <email@example.com> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to email@example.com.
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