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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
    London, England.
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    How to start bootp (installing over network)


    I'm trying to install mint Linux across a network, to an old laptop which will boot from the network card. I have a machine running Ubuntu 12.10 to use as the server.

    There are various guides around, all of which are a little bit different, but I am using this one:

    I am confused by the line "Start bootp: Here is a wrapper to start and stop bootpd from the command line" - this is followed by a number of lines of code.

    If bootp is a service, why can't it be started with "sudo service bootp restart"? (It can't - I've tried). And I don't understand what the significance of the code is - it looks like it should be saved into a file somewhere, but that's all I can understand.

    Another question concerns the use of a DHCP server. I understand a DHCP server as being something that hands out IP addresses on a network, and my broadband router does this for me. Some of the network installation guides give instructions to set up a DHCP server on your computer. Why would you need to do this, particualrly given that haing two such servers on a network will cause confusion?

    All help welcomed - thanks in advance.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Re: How to start bootp (installing over network)


    Now, i'm not an expert in this, but i have been looking arround alot probably for a similar reason to yours.

    Hopefully by now you know your answer, however for futur searchers, this is how i used the "wrapper".

    I created i file called bootp in the init.d directory
    sudo editor /etc/initi.d/bootp
    in this file i pasted the "wrapper" code.

    then i gave it the proper persmissions:

    sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/bootp
    now, if i type

    sudo /etc/init.d/bootp restart
    it restarts.

    Hope this helps someone.

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