Re: Boot procedure on old SPARCs
Ben Collins <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 20, 2001 at 07:33:28PM +0100, Guenter Millahn wrote:
> > Dear Linux'ers,
> > I have some old diskless SPARCstations of 4c and 4m series (SLC, LC, LX).
> > I want to re-animate them as Desktopsthem using Debian.
How much memory do these machines have ? My advice is:
<= 16 Mb , Sun4c, go for NetBSD, it really shines.
=> 32 Mb , Sun4m, go for Debian, it rocks.
16-32 Mb, toss a coin...
> > The Boot/Rootserver is a Sun E450 running Solaris8. I want to set up
> > a DHCP server for easier maintainance of my computers.
> > And here are my questions:
> > 1. Can anybody send me a pointer to document/URL where is explained
> > the Old SPARCstation diskless boot sequence in detail (explanations
> > here are also welcome ;-)
Check your nearest debian mirror, in main/disks-sparc for instructions.
That should get you going.
> > 2. Is it enough to install the Solaris8 DHCP Server Software on the E450
> > or do I need any of rarpd and tftpd?
Hmm... don't know about the Solaris dhcpd. Is it not possible to
use (or borrow) an IP address during the installation ?
That's because to netboot you will initially need to have rarpd running on
a machine on the same segment that answers the requests from the sparc.
Tftp is then needed to transfer the kernel or the ramdisk image.
ALSO NOTE: at the sparc boot prompt you'll have to
specify the IP address (and optionally the NFS-root mount), because
the bootkernel in 2.2r2 doesn't have autoconfig etc. built in!!!
boot net IP=123.223.333.443
> > 3. Are the Bootproms of the old SPARCs able to generate bootp requests
> > and to process bootp replies or is RARP/TFTP the only way to map MAC
> > to IP address for these machines and boot 'em up?
That's what I believe (iow, rarp/tftp), however, some Sun guru might be
able to clarify ;)
HTH, and good luck.