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Re: nfs boot off of a kernel on a floppy

Brian May wrote:
> You have to be careful with /lib, /bin, and /sbin, as files in these
> directories are required on boot...

Yes, and the important thing is to find the required files on boot (eg:
/sbin/mount, /sbin/init, /sbin/getty, etc...) and then put them in the
client's respective "system directories" (/tftpboot/x.x.x.x/...).

> My diskless package (latest version 0.3.2) mounts /etc from a NFS
> server, but this cannot be shared with other clients.

If you don't want to use NIS and still want to share the
username/password on each client, you can mount the server's /etc as
/server_etc on the clients, and then create links for the /etc/passwd
and /etc/shadow.

I'm not sure whether this is the correct way of doing things seen from
administrators' point of view (ie: regarding security matters). But
since it works and the network is not connected to the Internet...

Why is there so little documentation regarding NIS on the Linux dist.

Without the kernel, your system would stop. 


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