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Re: Booting a XLT300 from the network ??

On Wed, 2002-07-24 at 10:25, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> Bart-Jan Vrielink <bartjan@vrielink.net> writes:
> > On Tue, 2002-07-23 at 18:05, Jay Estabrook wrote:
> > > On Tue, Jul 23, 2002 at 02:27:32PM +0200, Bart-Jan Vrielink wrote:

> > > > I would like to know if this will work in combination with Linux and
> > > > what I need to use as a boot image. I would really like a pointer to a
> > > > FM, because Google fails to provide me one.
> > > 
> > > This is very unlikely to work; the netboot from AlphaBIOS was never
> > > intended to boot a kernel, IIRC, just some NT maintenance/diagnostic
> > > programs, I believe.
> > 
> > So I need either to buy a new harddisk or some ear plugs if I want to
> > use this box as my workstation...
> Try the network booting. check for rarp and bootp traffic on the
> network and setup a server accordingly.

At the moment I've tried using DHCP and this is all I get:
15:20:05.414567 >  xid:0x51540000 vend-rfc1048 DHCP:DISCOVER CID:01:00:00:f8:21:fe:b8
15:20:05.418388 spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl.bootps > quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl.bootpc:  xid:0x51540000 Y:quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl S:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl file "/boot/quordlepleen.img" vend-rfc1048 DHCP:OFFER SID:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl LT:259200 RN:129600 RB:226800 SM: DG:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl NS:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl DN:"dontpanic.nl" BR: [tos 0x10] 
15:20:05.419124 >  xid:0xbd720000 vend-rfc1048 DHCP:REQUEST CID:01:00:00:f8:21:fe:b8 RQ:quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl PR:SM+DG+TFTP+BF SID:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl
15:20:05.419399 spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl.bootps > quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl.bootpc:  xid:0xbd720000 Y:quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl S:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl file "/boot/quordlepleen.img" vend-rfc1048 DHCP:ACK SID:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl LT:259200 SM: DG:spiderwebs.dontpanic.nl [tos 0x10] 
15:20:05.419925 arp who-has quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl tell quordlepleen.dontpanic.nl

I need to figure out what options I need to set in /etc/dhcpd.conf to
get the Alpha to download a bootimage. And after I've succeeded that
part, I'll need to figure out what kind of bootimage the XLT accepts.
And I think that there the problem lies, as Jay Estabrook has already
> > I don't think booting from a floppy disk is something to use on a daily
> > basis.
> floppy or cdrom should do. .oO( daily? Why reboot? )

Well, because the computer room is also my bedroom and when I don't sit
behind the computer I'm trying to get some sleep...
> > > > A related question/problem is swapping over NFS/network on an Alpha. Has
> > > > anyone done that before ??
> Never heard anyone complaining about it.

Because nobody uses it or because it just works ?? Anyway, I'll first
try to see how far I get with the first problem.

Tot ziens,


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