Subject: how to crash a diskless client (i386)
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List: current-users
Date: 05/07/1999 16:48:58

I'm experimenting with a diskless setup and found that there's a
really easy way to crash the client (amd486DX4/100, 3c509, Quantum
TRB850A running netbsd-current)(*): just do a
   dd if=/dev/rwd0d of=/dev/null bs=64k
and the deed is done! :-/
ok, that box's not completely diskless: I use the disk of this thing
to get the netboot code from and for /var and swap. the kernel is
loaded from an ss20 (running netbsd-current, of course), which holds
the root and user filesystems for my client, too.

a backtrace on the client looks like this:
--- trap (number 4) ---
--- interrupt ---
--- syscall (number 3) ---

on the server I see the following line in /var/log/messages:

May  7 15:27:49 dino /netbsd: nfsd send error 64

what problem am I stumbling over here? Is this a known "feature"?
any further info that I should provide?


ps.: This is not a real problem for me, as joe luser isn't able to login
     manually on this boxes. He gets an xterm connected to our
     opac-server right away on booting the beast.

(*) recycling old hardware to build "xterms" and "thin clients"
    replacing non-functional and unmaintainable Windoze-PeCees ;-)