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Re[2]: netboot

Hello Crispin,

After many attempts and readings of FAQ on netboot and etherboot, I
have re-compiled kernel for nfs-root and tagged mknbi-linux kernel.

I can floppy boot and reached the server using DHCPD.

my dhcpd.conf file has

option root-path "";
host ws004 {
       hardware ethernet 00:aa:00:6f:72:e5;
       option option-128 e4:45:74:68:00:00;
       option option-129 "NIC=EXP16 IO=0x300";
       filename "/tftpboot/lts/bootImage";

The client is able to boot the kernel called bootImage and reached the
point where it says :

Looking up port of RPC 100003/2 on
Looking up port of RPC 100005/1 on
VFS : mounted root (NFS filesystem)
Freeing unused kernel memory : 84k freed
Warning : unable to open an initial console.
nfs : server not responding, still trying

Can anyone give some pointers on errors and how to correct them? I
have been reading and trying this for 3 weeks. Need some help to
overcome the obstable here.

Can someone using netboot send me some useful sample files by email for some
reference? Thanks.

CM> In a nutshell:
CM> 1.  add the 'rp' tag to bootptab so that the kernel is passed a path to 
CM> mount.
CM>     (you need the nfs server packages installed)
CM> 2.  (on linux) share -t nfs -o norootsquash,rw /path/to/shared/rootfs 
CM> (you'll have to read the man pages if this doesn't work, its off the top 
CM> of my head)

CM> The above path needs to point to a complete copy of the linux 
CM> filesystem.  You can separately mount the /usr filesystem, but you can 
CM> work that out later, (symlinking does not work because nfs just blindly 
CM> passes the symlink to the client instead of following it)

CM> 3.  compile the kernel with the nfs-root option, and bootp enabled. 
CM>  Bootp needs to be enabled to allow the option to be switched on - place 
CM> the kernel in the tftp directory

Best regards,

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