SUMMARY: in.rarpd problem with jumpstart

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Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 05:15:10 EDT
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Hi managers,

Thanks to all who replied with useful suggestions. --  Vichnevetski,
Alexei; Chang, Johnny;  Darren Dunham; Williams, Shawn;  David Foster;
 Jonathan V Hays;  Pete Geenhuizen; Florendo, Jay Jay.

Darren put me on the right track -- this error occurrs when there are
multiple entries for the host in /etc/ethers.

Again, thanks

Ahau K'in

The problem is repeated below.

Hi managers,

I have a 'known good' jumpstart server on a subnet. It has installed
numerous clients locally and on an extension to the subnet in another

I have a client, an e250, that I need to install, hostname Israel.

On the jumpstart server:-

# cat /etc/netmasks

# cat /etc/ethers | grep israel
0:3:ba:2:e6:2c israel

# ^ethers^hosts
cat /etc/hosts | grep israel israel

# pwd

# ./add_install_client israel sun4u
cleaning up preexisting install client "israel"
removing israel from bootparams
starting rarpd
updating /etc/bootparams

.issue a 'boot net - install' on client and it can't get beyond 'Timeout
waiting for ARP/RARP packet'. So I tried snooping, and could see the
packets arriving at the jumpstart server and getting ignored:

# !snoop
snoop 0:3:ba:2:e6:2c
Using device /dev/hme (promiscuous mode)
OLD-BROADCAST -> (broadcast) RARP C Who is 0:3:ba:2:e6:2c ?
OLD-BROADCAST -> (broadcast) RARP C Who is 0:3:ba:2:e6:2c ?

.and so on. So I started up rarpd in debug mode, and got the following:-

# /usr/sbin/in.rarpd -d -a
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[1] device hme0 ethernetaddress 8:0:20:b0:78:18
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[1] device hme0 address
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[1] device hme0 subnet mask
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[5] starting rarp service on device hme0 address
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[5] RARP_REQUEST for 0:3:ba:2:e6:2c
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[5] trying physical netnum mask fffffe00
/usr/sbin/in.rarpd:[5] got host entry but no IP address on this net

Can anyone help me with what this means?


Ahau K'in

PS Will summarize when a solution is found

PPS More information can be provided if required.

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