On Sun, Jan 25, 2004 at 08:27:38PM +0200, User Mike wrote: > I've succesfully put up 4 diskless machines to boot up 4.9-release thru > PXE. They all work almost flawlessly. But when I connected an old 1GB hard > drive into one of them for swap, as NFS swap is a bit slow, it hangs for > some reason at trying to mount the hard drive as / at boot up. > > Dmesg reports on all diskless machines: > Adjusted interface xl0 > Shutdown interface faith0 > Mounting root from ufs:/dev/ad0s1a > no such device 'ad' > setrootbyname failed > ffs_mountroot: can't find rootvp > Root mount failed: 6 > Mounting root from nfs: > NFS ROOT: 10.0.10.1:/var/diskless > > But on the machine I added disk for swap it never gets past "no such > device 'a0'" because it exists and calls reset of ata0 and something and > hangs there until reset button is pressed. > > I'd like to know if there is a way to not try to mount root on local disks > and only NFS. Should this be done in kernel or loader ...? Since the > machine simply sits there I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Did you recompile your kernel with options: options BOOTP # Use BOOTP to obtain IP address/hostname options BOOTP_NFSROOT # NFS mount root filesystem using BOOTP info options BOOTP_COMPAT # Workaround for broken bootp daemons. By the way, how much RAM do you have in those machines? I have found that I get by fine with no swap at all using as little as 32MB - though I am using Linux diskless terminals, but this shouldn't matter. Nathan -- gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys D8527E49
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