Subject: Re: Diskless booting - hp300
To: D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/05/1997 14:37:47
On Fri, 28 Feb 1997 17:38:23 -0500 (EST) (D'Arcy J.M. Cain) wrote:

 > Well I'm stumped.  I have been all over the web site and ftp server and
 > cannot seem to get a hp300 booting diskless.  I nfs mount the root and
 > the swap and get right to the point where init should be running and it
 > just dies.  All I can do is ping it from the local ethernet., the machine hasn't died, at least :-)

 > I notice that a bunch of documentation mentions SYS_UBOOT but all I
 > could find is SYS_NBOOT.  Is this the same thing?  I appear to be
 > well past that point anyway.

SYS_UBOOT is the new boot block.  SYS_NBOOT is the network boot
block for 1.2.  It's obsolete in -current, but it'll work.

You're way past the boot block stage... I can only guess that you've
not populated the client's /dev.

 > Another possibility is that perhaps the GENERIC kernel can't do a
 > diskless boot.  There is a config file for DISKLESS but until I get
 > this working I can't build it.  Catch 22.  Can someone out there
 > with a hp300 compile a DISKLESS kernel for me, please?  Just email
 > me with details of where to pick it up by ftp.

GENERIC definitely can boot diskless.  That is the standard configuration
of my hp319.

I'm going to build a snapshot now that the VM bugs have been shaken out.
You might want to make sure you're on the port-hp300 mailing list, and
watch for my announcement.

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