Subject: Re: System Hangs at nfs_boot: trying DHCP/BOOTP
To: Dustin Smous <>
From: Darrin B.Jewell <>
List: port-next68k
Date: 10/07/2005 11:01:46
Dustin Smous <> writes:

> Ok, Booting goes good until it gets to nfs_boot:
> trying DHCP/BOOTP.  I've used Ethereal to see what is
> going on, and the last packet sent is an NFS Read
> Reply from loading the kernel.  My thought is that I
> can't run MAKEDEV on my host system (Red Hat FC3).  Is
> this the case??  Has anyone else had this problem?? 
> I've had it up and running before, after having the
> same problem, but for the life of me, I can't figure
> out what I did to fix it...

It sounds like the only network packets you are seeing
are from the boot loader.  I don't think the kernel
is getting to the stage where it requires MAKEDEV yet.
You would normally see something like this:
(I think, this is from memory)

  nfs_boot: trying DHCP/BOOTP
  nfs_boot: DHCP next-server:
  nfs_boot: my_name=foo
  nfs_boot: my_addr=
  nfs_boot: my_mask=
  root on

But more importantly, you should see the dhcp request
in your ethereal trace after the kernel is loaded.

What software version are you using?  If you are having
trouble, you might want to first try a release that you
know has booted on your machine before.


> Running a NeXTstation with 20MB ram...
> Dustin Smous