[vdr] VDR netboot image

Matthias Huber hubermat at gmx.de
Tue Feb 21 21:37:43 CET 2006


Am 21.02.2006 um 00:36 schrieb Luca Olivetti:

> If the ethernet card has pxe (most integrated ethernet adapter made in
> the last 3-4 years, maybe more, do) you don't need to burn a rom or  
> a cd
> or a floppy, you can piggy back etherboot to pxe or boot directly with
> pxelinux (this way you can use a normal image, no need to make an nbi
> image. You still have to prepare a suitable initrd though. Under
> mandriva there's -or there was- a package called mkinitrd-net to  
> aid in
> this task).

I'm using etherboot which is booted from my VIA Epia with PXE-enabled  
bios. This is an snippet from my dhcpd.conf:

host epia1 {
         hardware ethernet     00:40:63:d3:b7:9a;
         if substring (option vendor-class-identifier, 0, 9) =  
             	filename          "via-rhine.zpxe";
         } else if substring (option vendor-class-identifier, 0, 9) =  
             	filename              "kernel-epia";

So at first PXE identifys itself als "PXEClient" and the etherboot  
(via-rhine.zpxe) is loaded via tftp. Etherboot then identifys itself  
as "Etherboot" and loads the real kernel via tftp, finally.
An initrd is _not_ needed if you compile all needed drivers into the  
kernel :-)

I wish you success!
Matthias Huber

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