Subject: SLIP installation?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Brook Milligan <email@example.com>
Date: 08/20/1999 11:52:26
I need to install NetBSD on a machine with only a serial line for
retrieving the media. I note that slattach and the sl pseudo-device
is in the INSTALL kernel, and presume that this means I can magically
use slip for an ftp install. Although I am very familiar with pppd
for "normal" use, I've never used slip at all. Hence, I have a few
First, is it even possible to configure the slip interface and use it
for an ftp install?
Second, I notice that sysinst strips away all potential interfaces
after the lo0 entry (src/distrib/utils/sysinst/net.c:159), so that
sysinst won't present sl0 as an option in its list of network
interfaces. I removed that "feature" of sysinst, so that it will
present the entire list of interfaces. I can select sl0 as an
interface, and the rest of the net configuration code (up to the ping
test which is as far as I can go without a real slip connection) seems
- Is this "feature" just to clean up the list for "normal" installs?
- Is there a problem with proceeding with my modified sysinst and
trying to get the sl0 device configured properly?
Third, it seems like a reasonable way to proceed with a slip
installation is the following:
- boot install media with modified sysinst
- exit sysinst
- have modem dial slip server somehow (suggestions?)
- slattach [options?] tty00
- ifconfig sl0 inet local_address remote_address [more options?]
- rerun sysinst program
- setup network as always, but choosing sl0 as network interface
- proceed with normal install
Fourth, if the above seems reasonable, I could use tips on the points
noted with question marks.
Finally, are there any shortcuts for setting up a slip server? I
presume I need a login account with sliplogin as the shell. The man
page for sliplogin seems fairly straightforward, but I would
appreciate any examples or suggestions.
Thanks for your help.