linux nfsmounted remote booting

rot (sbright@galaxy.galstar.com)
Fri, 2 May 1997 00:20:30 -0500 (CDT)


If you hate changing floppy disks or whatever
and you had a lab full of boxes netted together you might
take advantage of linuxs ability to use a remote machine on the network
as its root filesystem. You could have one computer boot up normal
and have the others boot up , nfs mount it as root, and run. put
some kinda deschall run script in the clientxxx/etc/rc.d/rc.local and go 4 it.
Itd take 400k or so of linux kernel and loadlin and a nice batch file
on the HD of each 'client' machine, dunno if thats acceptable or not.
Youd also need to compile nfs remote booting into the kernel as well
as figure out how to set it up right.

although this might all be more trouble than its worth.
just an idea if you dont like floppies.