FAI-3.2.16 and Broadcom-Ethernet/PXE/DHCP-problem with ipconfig

Choate, Jon Jon.Choate at ironmountain.com
Mon Jan 26 17:57:58 CET 2009

Looking back to September:

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 06:18:48PM +0200, Jeken Jeken wrote:
> Hi,
> I having problem install Lenny on a Dell R200.
> I pxe boot using one of the interfaces on the moderboard.
> It works fine but the kernel detects one of the ports on my quadcard
as eth0.
> So the installation hangs waiting for dhcp on the "wrong" interface.
> One solution is to use two ethernetcables, but..
> Is it possible to have the "kernel" looking for an interface having
> link and then start the dhcpclient on that interface.
> I'm using the latest FAI on a Lenny server.
> pxelinux.cfg:
> label fai-lenny
> kernel fai/lenny/vmlinuz
> append initrd=fai/lenny/initrd ip=dhcp root=/dev/nfs
> nfsroot=/srv/fai/nfsroot-lenny boot=live
> FAI_FLAGS=verbose,sshd,createvt,reboot FAI_ACTION=install

 append initrd=fai/lenny/initrd ip=:::::ethx:dhcp root=/dev/nfs
 nfsroot=/srv/fai/nfsroot-lenny boot=live
 FAI_FLAGS=verbose,sshd,createvt,reboot FAI_ACTION=install

Where ethx is your preferred interface. Make sure that the kernel
supports the motherboard NICs.

Henning Fehrmann

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-fai-bounces at uni-koeln.de
[mailto:linux-fai-bounces at uni-koeln.de] On Behalf Of Dirk Geschke
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 11:43 AM
To: linux-fai at uni-koeln.de
Subject: FAI-3.2.16 and Broadcom-Ethernet/PXE/DHCP-problem with ipconfig

Hi all,

probably this is a known bug but I can't find an easy solution
so far...

I started to setup FAI on amd64 but the "normal" Debian version
from stable aka etch was too buggy but at least it worked with
a lot of adjusting of scripts...

Now I started with lenny and FAI-3.2.16 but the client installation
stops during boot via PXE/TFTP/DHCP where ipconfig is called. The
last line is something with IP-Config followed from two status
lines of eth0/tg3.

I think the call of ipconfig within the initrd causes the trouble.

  Is there already a solution for this problem available? 

Best regards


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