Diskless Linux Mini Howto: Possible errors

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  • I found a strange error: in the /dev subdirectory SunOS corrupted the device entries so I needed to rerun MAKEDEV by mounting the subdirectory onto a disk based Linux box. (The reason was the differences between the linux nfs and the SunOs nfs: both use 32 bit for the Major and Minor device number, but linux uses 16 bit wide fields for both, SunOs uses 14 bit wide field for Major and 18 bit wide filed for Minor device number.)
  • When the diskless linux gets booted, there is only one route included in the routing table to the tftp server, so you need to set up correct routing tables. You have two choices here:
    • configure every rc.S for every machine by hand
    • use a bootp client package and write a generalized setup script

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