Re: ITH: tftpd-hpa and tftpd servers default rootdirs
Daniel Jacobowitz (email@example.com) wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 02, 2004 at 01:48:25AM +0200, Jaakko Niemi wrote:
> > On Thu, 01 Jan 2004, Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> > > On Thu, Jan 01, 2004 at 11:07:47PM +0200, Jaakko Niemi wrote:
> > > > I hereby announce my intentions to hijack tftp-hpa source
> > > > package. I mailed the currently listed maintainer recently,
> > > > but haven't heard back yet.
> > > >
> > > > While preparing new version, I looked at the defaults and
> > > > noticed that our various tftpd packages use most horrible
> > > > defaults for the directory that tftpd serves out. atftpd
> > > > defaults to /tftpboot, netkit-tftpd defaults to /boot
> > > > and current version of tftpd-hpa goes for /var/ftpd.
> > > >
> > > > After thinking this a bit, I could only come up
> > > > with /var/lib/tftp or /var/lib/tftproot. Comments?
> > >
> > > In my experience, /tftpboot is pretty standard for this sort of thing.
> > > I certainly don't think it belongs under /var/lib...
> > Standard according to what? Not FHS at least, and we don't have
> As I said, "my experience". That's where people use it, document it,
> et cetera. For instance, a lot of embedded development products
> include documentation on installing a TFTP server on your host and
> configuring it; they tend to reference /tftpboot.
> > binaries in /etc either anymore. Could we get rid of the assumption
> > that tftp is used only for booting other systems? There is no
> What else would you use it for? No, seriously, I'm curious. It's such
> a half-assed excuse for a file transfer protocol.
Where I work in the telecommunications business we've got a couple of VoIP
based so-called media gateways which use TFTP to download announcements.
> > practical reason on this age anymore to keep it in / as we have
> > enough disk space so that we don't need to symlink the kernel
> > and base system images to another directory in root filesystem.
> > Out of all over fourty tftpd installations that I've seen, only
> > two used /tftpboot and the operating systems were over decade
> > old. As for other distributions, at least Mandrake and RH seem
> > to ship with default being in /var/lib.
> Most of my currently-in-use targets require me to type the boot path at
> least a couple of times a day. So I dislike anything that makes it
> deeper :)
We didn't want /tftpboot take up space in the root partition, so we moved
the whole directory structure to another partition and use symlinks.
Ardo van Rangelrooij
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