[Techtalk] booting a diskless client

Rudy Zijlstra rudy at grumpydevil.homelinux.org
Tue Sep 30 23:30:02 UTC 2008

Maria McKinley wrote:
> Maria McKinley wrote:
>> Miriam English wrote:
>>> Hi Maria,
>>> I don't know much about this, so not sure if this is any help, but when 
>>> I first started using Puppy Linux from CD I was curious about how it 
>>> booted. It was quite confusing to me because it made a boot drive in 
>>> RAM, copying from the CD to it, and booting from RAM, so my attempts to 
>>> find it on the hard drive were not turning up anything sensible. I was 
>>> looking in the wrong place. I have a feeling that at some point CD-based 
>>> Puppy swaps its idea of / from the CD to RAM. Perhaps network booting 
>>> does something similar?
>>> Best wishes,
>>> 	- Miriam
>> I think you are probably correct. Looking at network traffic, the root 
>> directory appears to mount fine, but then it seems to try to remount, 
>> and this part is unsuccessful. Unfortunately, I don't know why this is, 
>>   or what to do about it. :-(
>> cheers,
>> maria
> Found an error message, NFS3ERR_NOENT
>      No such file or directory. The file or directory name specified 
> does not exist.
> How can it exist the first time, but not the second? I guess the nfs 
> command has changed, but can't quite figure that out. Both times it 
> should be getting the root-path from the dhcp server.
> Argh!
> ~maria
Hi Maria,

Can you share your pxe config?

Also, what kernel level is the file server? And how is the kernel of the 
diskless client configured?

I've been looking at my own diskless config, and would like to compare.



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