DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2004-10
Re: Is there a way to install DragonFly via network (w/o CD) ?
Excellent. I've already drafted some other options to deal with
starting a DHCPD server, etc. It's located at
http://www.bsdinstaller.org/pfi_dhcpd_plan.txt . These items would be
able to reside on a CF card, floppy, CD, etc and could automatically
start the DHCPD server, etc from PFI.
In addition to your installer menu items, we can go ahead and prompt for
the relevant information instead of using default parameters? IE: You
could invoke one option that would ask a series of question like "Do you
wish to obtain an IP address from the network", etc. "Do you wish to
start a DHCP Server on this network?", etc.
Matthew Dillon wrote:
:The issues with network configuration and such for DHCPD could easily be
:handled by pfi (pre-flight installer). Docs for this area available at:
:At any rate, if nobody else is working on this, this would be an ideal
:addition to the installer and should be very easy to accomplish. If
:nobody else minds, I can tackle this pretty quickly with PFI.
Sure, go for it! But lets define what we want first. Presumably we
want to add some options to the installer's base menu and/or add logins
for this stuff, in addition to being able to automate it with a CD or
CD+USB diskkey combo. Right?
Hmm. Is it possible to have one DHCP server distribute just IP addresses
(e.g. like your home cablemodem/dsl router), and another DHCP server
distribute only DHCP/BOOTP boot-related requests? Maybe I should
experiment a bit.
so, e.g. pfi variables would be something like
# Enable tftp and NFS services with pxeboot and a kernel available via
# tftp and the CD's root mount available via NFS.
# Enable DHCP related pxeboot services: root-path and filename specs
# Enable DHCP related dynamic IP address services. This server will
# assign IP addresses to requesting clients in the 10.1.0.0-10.1.255.255
[I'm not sure if pxe and ip services can be separately enabled since
they are both served from the same dhcp server, but it might be
And the new installer menu options would be something like this:
* Start TFTPD, NFSD, and PXE BOOT services without IP serving. This
machine will obtain its IP address automatically via DHCP.
* Start TFTPD, NFSD, and PXE BOOT services with IP serving. This
machine will be assigned the IP address 10.1.0.1