[arch-general] Diskless Booting Wiki Help

Bryan Schumaker bjschuma at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 14:22:57 EST 2012

On 12/11/2012 05:15 AM, Paul Gideon Dann wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm not sure who's actually in charge of oversight on the Wiki, but I'd 
> appreciate a little input from anyone, really.
> I've recently been trying to ensure the accuracy of the wiki with regards to 
> diskless booting.  I run a cluster at work, and I've spent quite some time 
> looking into getting this system functioning correctly, and I wanted to make 
> sure the documentation was there for others to use.

I was looking for information like this a week or two ago.  I realized I don't do any nfsroot testing before submitting patches, and I have submitted patches in the past that accidentally broke it :(.
> However, another (presumably well-intentioned) contributor has rewritten the 
> original article, and seems very keen to cut back everything he doesn't agree 
> with.  To be honest, I'm a bit sick of trying to convince him that all 
> information is helpful, and that not everyone that reads the article will have 
> his usecase.
> In particular, he's keen to remove all references to NFSv3 (although Arch 
> doesn't currently support booting NFSv4 without his hack), and needing a 
> separate /var for each node (which I've explained is necessary in many, if not 
> most, situations).

This would have tripped me up.  I wouldn't have thought to only test on v3 or to make a separate /var for each client...

- Bryan
> I'd appreciate someone taking a look at the talk page and article history.  
> (I'm Giddie on the wiki.)  If it's decided I'm wrong, I'm fine with that.  I'm 
> just keen for the wiki to be as helpful as possible, and I don't think that's 
> the case right now.
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Network_Installation_Guide
> Help appreciated,
> Paul

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