Subject: Re: netbooting a 5000/200 for install
To: Steven McDonald <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 04/13/1997 15:00:58
	It might be worthwhile trying to use the sun as a NFS server -
	Some versions of linux have 'difficulties' with NFS.
	Alternatively, can you run tcpdump on any other host to see the
	traffic between the Decstation & NFS server?


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On Fri, 11 Apr 1997, Steven McDonald wrote:

> Hi folks, I've dug through all the documentation I can find to no avail. 
> So if you can either answer outright, or point me to more documentation I 
> would be forever thankful:
> I have a DECstation 5000/200 with no operating system on it currently, 
> and I'm trying to install NetBSD (big suprise there!). The only other 
> machine with a SCSI bus that I could get access to to try and write the 
> disk label with is a sun sparc/1 running SunOS. But I could not get the 
> disklabel program to compile properly.
> My second try was to netboot the DEC off of a Linux box. I sucessfully 
> got the nfsnetbsd.ecoff kernel to start, but when it trys to mount a 
> root filesystem it just continuously gives the error "RPC: conection 
> timed out for server 0xcfa75dff" (or something really close to that)
> The root directory is specified in the /etc/bootptab and the directory is 
> in the /etc/exports on the Linux box. 
> Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Steve