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Re: Newbie Question, Please help

To: Robert Rusek <>
Subject: Re: Newbie Question, Please help
From: "John D. Davis" <johnd@Stanford.EDU>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 16:47:57 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: <>
In-reply-to: <002e01c0ee0c$1572fed0$031010ac@rjrtower>
You should make sure that the vmlinux kernel is nfsroot configured. Check
the config-* file for CONFIG_ROOT_NFS=y.  Also read the nfsroot.txt in the
cvs Documentation directory for more info.  I found that getting the linux
filesystem from a linux box works best.  The major and minor nodes for the
/dev directory are correct.  Also, a useful installation page is located

I found this helpful.
john davis

On Tue, 5 Jun 2001, Robert Rusek wrote:

> I just got a SGI Challenge S.  I need advice on which flavor of Linux I 
> should install, RedHat or Debian.  Which is the better choice.  I also need 
> to find out how to install this.  I already attempted and failed to install 
> the RedHat 5.1.  I am using a RedHat 7.0 box to do the install 
> (bootp/tftp/nfs) but I am not even able to get the setup to run.  I am using 
> the latest version of DHCP/BOOTP (ics 2.0) to try to boot.  It gets the 
> address then claims it is sending the vmlinux file via tftp.  On the SGI it 
> just times out.
> Any advice, pointers, etc would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> Robert Ruserk

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