DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-09
Re: sysinstall v2
:Why not forget DHCP as it needs to die anyways and look at
:functionality added not just to the installer but all together....
DHCP is more likely to work out of the box, no? It's a universal
We could also implement a push environment... you boot the machine
up with the CDRom and in addition to all the options you see the CD
boot would also automatically run dhclient and 'pull' a root password
from a DHCP supplied or local DNS server supplied address. If it is
able to successfully pull a root password it automatically starts up
sshd, apache, and other configuration services in the background
without you having to lift a finger.
A sequence like this:
* boot the machine with the CD
* machine automatically pulls DHCP config, queries DNS for a TXT
record in the 'dragonfly.' domain (maybe use DNSSEC? for security?),
and starts various services including a broadcast responder.
* at his desk the sysop runs:
% dragoncfg -q # query LAN for CD-booted dragonfly boxes
[ lists IP addresses, ether MACs, etc... ]
* sysop then opens a browser to the IP address and configures away, or
ssh's to the IP address, or just blasts a configuration into the
machine using dragoncfg install ... (program not yet written, of course).
The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of the CD starting up
some basic remote-access services. If we can solve the security issues
involved with doing that I think it would be very useful.