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Re: Can't NFS-Root boot: no way to get IP number


what version of the tftpboot.img were you using?  I just did a net
install of a sparc20 using the img from the 2.2.r2 CDROM, and had no
problem there.

Are you sure the NFS is being served properly?  Also, I noticed that
even though the machine rarp'd an IP to boot with it looked to DHCP
after the kernel came up, seems odd, but you'd have seen the DHCP
broadcast requests if that were the issue...


On Tue, Dec 19, 2000 at 05:39:32PM +0100, Alexander Shumakovitch wrote:
:Hi all!
:After some crazy hours trying (unsuccessfully) to install potato on a diskless
:SparcStation IPX, I guess I've found what's wrong.
:First, the symptoms: I've configured another Debian box (i386) as a TFTP and
:RARP server with linux-a.out from the latest disks-sparc as a boot image. When
:I do "boot net", the image is loaded successfully, detects all the hardware
:(including the ethernet card) and the stops after the words:
:  Root-NFS: No NFS server available, giving up.
:tcpdump doesn't detect ANY activity coming from the Sparc after Linux is
:loaded. Specifying nfsroot= explicitly in the boot prompt doesn't help at
:all. If I put tftpboot.img as a boot image, I get TILO prompt and then
:everything friezes.
:Possible reason: kernel can't get an IP number because no protocol is compiled
:in! Here's an excerpt from .config (from kernel-image-2.2.18pre21-sun4cdm_3.deb)
:  # CONFIG_IP_PNP_DHCP is not set
:  # CONFIG_IP_PNP_BOOTP is not set
:  # CONFIG_IP_PNP_RARP is not set
:Request for help: could someone provide me with a kernel image (no matter
:which version) which has any of those protocols built-in. I need it really
:urgently. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
:Thanks in advance!
:  --- Alexander.
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