Posted on 1997-06-13
I've been searching for information on how to set-up my Linux box to act as a BootP server. I have to take my Twinax connected IPDS printers and connect them to my ethernet IP network which requires an I-data box which in turn requires BootP to acquire it's IP address, netmask, and gateway (router address) on power-up.
My server is a P133 with a 3C590 PCI NIC running RedHat Linux 4.1. IP is up and running... I can ping to/from it and telnet to it from anywhere in my intranet. I've also been able to have it serve as a TFTP, FTP and web server and it currently is acting as a DNS (named). I've looked at the man pages and I think I have things set-up properly. I've also placed a sniffer on the network segment I'm testing this on. It shows the bootp request from the i-data box followed by a bootp response from my Linux box. The response however is only sending the IP address for the intended host -- nothing else. It continues in that cycle until I kill the I-data box. I print the test sheet from the I-data box which shows it's unable to communicate with the bootp server and it's IP address is the one I placed in the bootptab file but NO NETMASK and NO GATEWAY.
If anyone has any ideas on this one I would be forever indebted. If not specific to this problem I could also use some pointers on where possible error logs from bootp might be stored and how to shut down and restart the bootp server.
I'll increase points if the entire question is answered. Again, any help is welcome and greatly appreciated!