Subject: Re: README: changes to config, to support dump device configuration
To: Matthias Drochner <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 06/16/1997 15:08:39
Matthias Drochner <> writes:

>Excerpts from netbsd: 16-Jun-97 Re: README: changes to conf.. Jason
>Thorpe@nas.nasa.go (1062)

>> Now that we have new swap, it's probably time to start thinking of
>> kernel bootp support, btw.

Arguaby we should've supported bootp a long time ago -- there's no
reason for NetbSD to emulate *all* of Sun's disklessboot
idiosyncracies -- but whatever...

>Further I'd like to define a word to use as bootfile argument
>in the bootp request. This makes it easier in more complex
>and/or multi-OS environment to setup the bootp servers.

Uh, why not just use dhcp? dhcpd is in the tree, it's
upward-compatible with bootp, and it supports a `filename' field.

DECstation PROMs can boot using an ISC dhcp server, so so about
_anything_ expecting bootp will work with it.  Ted did a nice job, and
he's maintaining it for us too.