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Re: More ammunition ... was Re: Making a floppy fails?

On Mon, 3 Jan 2000, David Gilbert wrote:

> >>>>> "Gerald" == Gerald Abshez <> writes:
> Gerald> On Fri, 31 Dec 1999, David Gilbert wrote:
> Gerald> I've got a kernel that I've used to netboot FreeBSD with off
> Gerald> of 3c509 cards. After many struggles (thanks Ken) I managed to
> Gerald> get a boot image built and get a floppy going. Using the
> Gerald> before mentioned kernel, I see it pulled down and begin
> Gerald> booting... and then it panics when it tries to mount root.
> I would like to get a copy of your floppy.  Right now, I've been using 
> FreeBSD-3.4-STABLE and FreeBSD-4.0-CURRENT floppies with the kernel on 
> them after the frustration of trying to get the more elegant etherboot 
> solution to work.

No problem, although I don't want to attach something that big to a
message. Would you prefer private e-mail or do you have another

> man netboot has this advice:
>        .default:\
>              :sm=\
>              :gw=your.gateway.ip:\
>              :hn:ht=ether:vm=rfc1048:\
>              :rp="rootfs.ip:/rootfs/path":\
>              :T128="swapfs.ip:/swapfs/path":\
>              :T129=swapsize:\
>              :T130="root,mount,options":\
>              :T131="swap,mount,options":\
>              :ra=
>        client01:bf="kernel.300":ha=00400530d6d9:tc=.default:
>        client02:bf="kernel.280":ha=00400530d6d3:tc=.default:
> ... if you're using isc-dhcpd, you'll be saying optinon-130 =
> "/export/root1"; or somesuch.

Well, I figured it was a kernel problem, so I tried to rebuild my kernel.
This is circa 2.2.X, and I couldn't seem to get it going. :-( I then moved
along to a more current 3.X kernel, built (seemingly) with all the proper
options, including ELF. Etherboot works great, and I still end up with a
panic mounting root. I managed to weed my way through some of the errors,
but haven't gotten a clean boot yet. FWIW, "swapsize" above is expected
to be a 4 byte quantity (but I'm not sure what it's units are, or what
base it's in). I'm just trying to sort out a swap problem now.


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