Subject: Re: Booting multiuser from floppy.
To: James Chacon <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/02/2000 00:21:37
	This is really nice thing you have put together here Roger :)

	Would there be any chance you could submit a set of diffs
	for 1.5 via send-pr for this - I can see if it can get added to
	the main tree. You might want to pick a different name to
	telnet because if all goes well we should have ssh in the
	tree as well, at which point an 'ssh+telnet' version becomes
	very interesting :)

			       -- A pmap for every occasion --

On Sun, 27 Aug 2000, James Chacon wrote:

> I remember Jordan talking at the open source conference about FreeBSD going
> this route as a default offering. i.e. a floppy image you could take with
> you (say when you're visiting parents) that would do ethernet/ppp/ssh. Enough
> to get on the net in some way securely without having to modify the host
> system.
> This seems about 80% of the way there. Is there any reason a floppy image
> like this shouldn't just get added into the distrib tree so folks could do this
> exact thing without having to roll their own? Granted it's mostly only a win 
> on x86 for the reasons above but even on other systems it can be handy.
> James
> >On Thu, 17 Aug 2000, Roger Brooks wrote:
> >
> >>I have managed to build an md system on a single floppy which boots
> >>multi-user.  I did this early this year when our Novell servers went
> >>belly-up and I thought I'd see if I could make a bootable multi-session
> >>telnet disk.  I managed to build a kernel with 8 virtual consoles (pcvt).
> >>It didn't automatically come up multi-user, although this turned out to
> >>be an advantage, as I needed to log in as root anyway to set the IP address
> >>to that of the PC I was using.  I forget exactly what I had to do to get
> >>everything working, but one thing which did cause problems was that
> >>the getpwXXX() routines in the minimal libc didn't grok encrypted passwords
> >>properly.  AFAIR it didn't know about /etc/master.passwd, but then
> >>I don't expect that anyone has needed encrypted passwords on a floppy
> >>system before.  I can check the details tonight.