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Subject[RESEND] [PATCH] nfsroot.txt (against Linux
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Hello dear developers,

I today booted the first time my embedded device using Linux,
which was booted by pxelinux, which then bootet itself from the nfsroot.

This went pretty fine, but when I was reading through
Documentation/nfsroot.txt I saw that there are some more modern versions
available of loading the kernel and passing parameters.

So I added them and the patch for that is attached to this mail.



P.S.: Please reply to nico-kernel2 //at//

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--- nfsroot.txt.orig 2006-02-06 16:05:32.000000000 +0100
+++ nfsroot.txt 2006-02-06 16:19:37.000000000 +0100
@@ -3,6 +3,7 @@

Written 1996 by Gero Kuhlmann <>
Updated 1997 by Martin Mares <>
+Updated 2006 by Nico Schottelius <>

@@ -168,7 +169,6 @@
root. If it got a BOOTP answer the directory name in that answer
is used.

3.2) Using LILO
When using LILO you can specify all necessary command line
parameters with the 'append=' command in the LILO configuration
@@ -177,7 +177,11 @@
LILO and its 'append=' command please refer to the LILO

-3.3) Using loadlin
+3.3) Using GRUB
+ When you use GRUB, you simply append the parameters after the kernel
+ specification: "kernel <kernel> <parameters>" (without the quotes).
+3.4) Using loadlin
When you want to boot Linux from a DOS command prompt without
having a local hard disk to mount as root, you can use loadlin.
I was told that it works, but haven't used it myself yet. In
@@ -185,7 +189,7 @@
lar to how LILO is doing it. Please refer to the loadlin docu-
mentation for further information.

-3.4) Using a boot ROM
+3.5) Using a boot ROM
This is probably the most elegant way of booting a diskless
client. With a boot ROM the kernel gets loaded using the TFTP
protocol. As far as I know, no commercial boot ROMs yet
@@ -194,6 +198,13 @@
and its mirrors. They are called 'netboot-nfs' and 'etherboot'.
Both contain everything you need to boot a diskless Linux client.

+3.6) Using pxelinux
+ Using pxelinux you specify the kernel you built with
+ "kernel <relative-path-below /tftpboot>". The nfsroot parameters
+ are passed to the kernel by adding them to the "append" line.
+ You may perhaps also want to fine tune the console output,
+ see Documentation/serial-console.txt for serial console help.

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