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1Here follow some basic installation instructions. See for
2more info:
5If you are using DEBIAN then you can run the following utility:
6 - debian/rules binary
7 - dpkg -i <packagename>
10 - ./configure
11 - To activate the 'pxeconfigd' daemon utility on other platforms use this
12   procedure:
13 1) edit '/etc/services', eg:
14      pxeconfigd      6611/tcp                       # pxe config daemon
16 2) Install the server:
17    a) inetd.conf
18      - edit '/etc/inetd.conf', eg:
19        pxeconfigd stream  tcp nowait  root.sys /usr/sbin/tcpd \
20          /usr/sara/sbin/pxeconfigd
22      - /etc/init.d/inetd reload
24    b) xinetd
25      - cp pxeconfigd.xinetd /etc/xinetd.d/pxeconfigd
26      - /etc/init.d/xinetd reload
28    NOTE: the pxeconfigd can only be started from inetd or xinetd!!!
31 4) You can test it by:
32     telnet localhost pxeconfigd (or port number)
34     output:
35       Trying
36       Connected to localhost.
37       Escape character is '^]'.
38       ip =, hex = 7F000001
39       file = /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/7F000001
40       Connection closed by foreign host.
42     In syslog a line will be added if the removal is succesful:
43      Feb 20 09:32:40 test pxeconfigd: /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/7F000001
45 4) As you can see '/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/' is the default directory. If
46    you placed the config files somewhere else you can add the
47    '-d/--directory' option, eg:
48       pxeconfigd stream  tcp nowait  root.sys /usr/sbin/tcpd \
49        /usr/sara/sbin/pxeconfigd -d /<some>/<other>/<place>
51If the daemon works and you want to install/reinstall a node, a link
52must be placed in the '/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg' directory. This can
53be done with the 'pxeconfig' utility. This utility will ask some
54questions and will make the links for you. The utility requires the following
56  1) All the pxe configuration files must start with the keyword 'default.'
57     N.B.: yes, the dot after 'default' is part and parcel of the keyword!
58     In this distribution two examples are included. Pxeconfig lets the
59     user decide which 'default.' config file to use.
61  2) If default is a symbolic link to for example default.harddisk, then
62     default.harddisk is not included in the list where the user can
63     choose from.
65  3) You can give a command line switch to specify where the
66     pxe config files reside:
67        pxeconfig -d /<some>/<other>/<place>
69The last utility is 'hexls'. This utility will display the hex pxe config
70file with the corresponding ip-addresses.
72To activate this on a client you must add the following line to the 'master'
73script of the node. It will remove the pxe config file for the node
74from the pxe bootserver. I personally place the line just before the umount
75commands. See below which command to use for which systemimager version.
76Telnet is not included in the 3.X versions.
77   # Remove the <hex_ipaddr> file from the pxelinux.cfg directory.
78   # So the client will boot from disk
79   #       
80   3.X)  chroot /a telnet $IMAGESERVER 6611
81   2.X)  telnet $IMAGESERVER 6611
84Comments or Suggestions mail them to:
85 Bas van der Vlies <>
86 for more info about SARA
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