Linux BOOTP server: questions
I'm setting up a Linux box to act as a BOOTP server - a Win95 box was
trying to do the job before.
I have one question: the bootpd man-page says
When bootpd is started it reads a configuration file,
(normally /etc/bootptab) that initializes the internal
database of known clients and client options. This inter
nal database is reloaded from the configuration file when
bootpd receives a hangup signal (SIGHUP) or when it dis
covers that the configuration file has changed.
I wonder what "when it discovers that the configuration file has
changed" means. Does it "keep an eye" on the file?
I haven't yet downloaded the code to dig through this in hopes that
someone uses bootpd now and knows the answer :) I can think of other
ways to ensure that bootpd always has its fresh config, such as running
it from inetd with a very low timeout value, but this may hurt the
I need bootpd to reload itself "transparently" since the bootptab and
all the TFTP associated files are created by a Windows user and stored
on the Linux box through the magic of Samba. They don't know jack about
Linux, and I don't want them to.
For the truly curious, the devices making the BOOTP requests are LANCity
cable modems :)
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