netboot services, Soekris 4801
jonas at kirilla.com
Sat Apr 16 14:44:02 PDT 2005
Matthew Dillon <dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think the CD may not be running a getty on the serial console.
> would be an oversight on our part. If the console is going to
> serial port we should run a getty on it too. It was originally
> because it was blowing up machines that didn't have serial ports.
Thinking out loud..
So, to have a serial port tty on the netboot target, you
currently get it also on the the machine serving the files,
which means you need a third machine hooked up to the
serial port of the netboot target, since the netboot server's
serial port is already occupied (by the getty).
Much like I tried to do it:
1. PC, live CD with netboot services
2. Soekris - headless, serial only, flash disk
3. PC, with a serial cable to the Soekris
Would it be possible to have the netboot target be
served another set of config files,
( /etc, /etc.hdd, /etc.netboot )
to let the netboot target have a getty on the serial port?
My dream scenario would be:
- cutting out the 3'rd box
- serial cable between netboot server and target
- LiveCD-provided terminal mode for interacting
with the target Installer.
I suppose if you're crazy enough to get headless hardware
you're supposed to know your way around all this, but it's
still be a useful tool.
I suppose someone's bound to want to boot the Live CD
-on- the actual headless hardware, and possibly have a
getty on the serial port.. (if they prefer serial over http)
and that would clash with my dream scenario use case.
Reminds me: I've not yet tried to access the target
Installer via the http interface.
> You should be able to boot into single-user mode, but getting the
> environment working is another matter. You could try manually
> /etc, modifying /etc/ttys, enabling the entry for ttyd0, and then
> 'exit'ing to have it finish booting.
The "DragonFly menu" is a part of the boot where I can't see much
of what's happening, but I can probably get into single user mode
by pressing the right key when it looks about right. I probably
wouldn't know my way around single user mode, though,
being as new as I am to BSD.
/Jonas Sundström. www.kirilla.com
More information about the Users