Subject: Re: README: changes to config, to support dump device configuration
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Matthias Drochner <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/17/1997 10:42:39
Excerpts from netbsd: 16-Jun-97 Re: README: changes to conf.. Jonathan
Stone@DSG.Stanf (892)

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

What's the advantage? BOOTP already supports a filename
field. Do you see a use for the other DHCP extensions?

> DECstation PROMs can boot using an ISC dhcp server, so so about
> _anything_ expecting bootp will work with it.

The BOOTP protocol is used here, isn't it?
It's good that one server can handle both protocols,
but if you really use the DHCP protocol for the requests,
you _need_ a DHCP server. With BOOTP you have the
I have good reasons to stick with a bootp server: ease of
configuration, the bootfile name lookup semantics and
a (self-made) special multi-subnet support which would
be a hardship to port.
(And: DHCP smells like PC :-)

best regards