A Linux system over the network

A Linux system over the network

Post by Albert Strashei » Mon, 22 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Hello,

I have a P-166 with 64 MB RAM running RH 4.2 (called beezlebub), soon to be
5.0, on a CAT5 10 MBps LAN. Then I have a 486 DX4-100 with 20 MB RAM,
running Windows 95, also on the network. I'm cramped for space on this
machine.

What I want to do is mount beezlebub's /root, /home, /usr and /tmp over NFS
after booting Linux from a boot floppy on the 486. Then I want to assign
some space on beezlebub for the 486's /var, /usr/local and /etc and /boot.

Is it possible? How do I go about it?


Regards,

Albert.

 
 
 

A Linux system over the network

Post by Theo Van Dinte » Mon, 22 Dec 1997 04:00:00



> Is it possible? How do I go about it?

I would suggest looking into root over NFS.  It sounds like something you
could use.

 
 
 

A Linux system over the network

Post by Jim Howe » Mon, 22 Dec 1997 04:00:00


: What I want to do is mount beezlebub's /root, /home, /usr and /tmp over NFS
: after booting Linux from a boot floppy on the 486. Then I want to assign
: some space on beezlebub for the 486's /var, /usr/local and /etc and /boot.

All you actually need is a kernel which has been built to mount it's root
filesystem over nfs, and a means to load it (such as LOADLIN.EXE)

This is detailed in the NFS-Root mini howto (and it's sister HOWTO, the
NFS-root-client mini HOWTO) which you can get from

ftp://sunsite.unc.edu.pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/mini/NFS-Root
ftp://sunsite.unc.edu.pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/mini/NFS-Root-Client

Regards,
Jim

 
 
 

A Linux system over the network

Post by Michael Talbot-Wils » Tue, 23 Dec 1997 04:00:00



>Hello,

>I have a P-166 with 64 MB RAM running RH 4.2 (called beezlebub), soon to be
>5.0, on a CAT5 10 MBps LAN. Then I have a 486 DX4-100 with 20 MB RAM,
>running Windows 95, also on the network. I'm cramped for space on this
>machine.

>What I want to do is mount beezlebub's /root, /home, /usr and /tmp over NFS
>after booting Linux from a boot floppy on the 486. Then I want to assign
>some space on beezlebub for the 486's /var, /usr/local and /etc and /boot.

>Is it possible? How do I go about it?

Samba will do this.  ftp.samba.anu.edu (I think).  Well, it doesn't do
NFS, but you can mount the directories you want from the Microsoft Corp.
computer.

You wouldn't ordinarily need to boot Linux on the 486.  Samba on Linux
can do a "network directory share" which the Microsoft Corp. OS can use.
Nothing against using a better OS, of course, but you'd need plenty of
RAM.

If you do indeed want to use Linux on the 486 I guess it would be better
to use NFS.  In that case your boot floppy has to have a kernel compiled
with NFS and VFAT support.  Sorry, I forget what you need in userland,
perhaps nothing other than mount.  You have to have mount on the floppy,
of course.  You may be able to put other Linux executables (beyond what
you need to boot and get a shell) on the Microsoft file system.

The 486 running Linux should be able to swap locally.  You really haven't
got room to do that, so you may have slow operation and out of memory
errors.


>Regards,

>Albert.

--Mike
 
 
 

A Linux system over the network

Post by William Juli » Wed, 24 Dec 1997 04:00:00




Quote:> Hello,

> I have a P-166 with 64 MB RAM running RH 4.2 (called beezlebub), soon to be
> 5.0, on a CAT5 10 MBps LAN. Then I have a 486 DX4-100 with 20 MB RAM,
> running Windows 95, also on the network. I'm cramped for space on this
> machine.

> What I want to do is mount beezlebub's /root, /home, /usr and /tmp over NFS
> after booting Linux from a boot floppy on the 486. Then I want to assign
> some space on beezlebub for the 486's /var, /usr/local and /etc and /boot.

> Is it possible? How do I go about it?

Sure. No problem. I have a small 25mhz 386 on my network and all but it's
root disk is installed on the network. Requires about 20mb on the 386.
Just install a minimal /root on your 486 DX4-100 and mount the rest on
the network.

Just for safety, I did install a minimal /usr on my 386 (about 80mb) so
that if by chance the network is down I can still boot with a usable system.
The /usr directory is normally overloaded via the nfs mount from the server.
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