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Re: Not sure how to do this tricky install...

From: "Simon 'corecode' Schubert" <corecode@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 11:01:22 +0200

On 18.08.2006, at 03:34, Jonathon McKitrick wrote:
I have a spare box I want to use for DFLy as a server. It will be totally
headless. It will plug into a home broadband gateway/router, and should be
accessible by other machines on the same router.

okay, another way to do it:

use pfi.conf of the installer: <http://www.dragonflybsd.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/src/nrelease/installer/ etc/defaults/pfi.conf?rev=1.6&content-type=text/plain>

what you want to do, basically, is:
- use a floppy or usb stick
- put a file "pfi.conf" on the root of it

in this pfi.conf, write something like:

pfi_rc_actions="netif dhclient sshd"	# I think sshd is enough

you will always have to put sshd into rc_actions, despite it being started in the beginning (it is still?), so that it picks up the permit_root_login, I think (and possibly the new interface configured by DHCP).

Of course you can also manually assign it an IP, then you don't have to go searching for it.

when you're done, just put the dragonfly live cd in the box you want to install and plug the usb stick you prepared. system boots and lets you log in.


boot another box with the dragonfly live cd, select "play netboot server" in the installer, boot the box you want to install and plug the prepared usb stick (i guess you can even put the prepared pfi.conf in the netboot server's /etc, making the install totally media-less)


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