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Latest comment: 12 October 2020 by Zoe1337 in topic State of nfsroot on Arch as of 2020

how to organize

Heh, we go back to 3+ articles again? :P We're actually agreeing here I think, but I would say "sub-articles" rather than dedicated articles--Buhman (talk) 10:22, 13 December 2012 (UTC)Reply

Well, sub-articles does imply that the tasks are basically the same, which I don't think they are. I think they are very different tasks with different purposes, but which happen to share some configuration. No harm in a page that explains which article deals with what, I suppose. I don't feel too strongly about this, really. This is just what makes sense to me. Giddie (talk) 10:58, 13 December 2012 (UTC)Reply
What would be really cool is if the reading went something like: the user reads about each of the ways that this could be done, then selects what he wants to see (whatever combinations), and then gets a tailored-to-order article with just the stuff he's interested in. --Buhman (talk) 10:16, 13 December 2012 (UTC)Reply
I don't think that will be possible on this MediaWiki setup without the kind of duplication we're keen to avoid. Probably best to split out the common stuff into separate articles, and link from an article for each usecase. Giddie (talk) 10:19, 13 December 2012 (UTC)Reply
Here is another idea: Instead of one index page for just Network Installation Guide and PXE, we can add a index page about all of the different installation methods in Getting and installing Arch. There are 49 articles in the category, so a good index page can make them stay organized. -- Fengchao (talk) 13:14, 13 December 2012 (UTC)Reply
This sounds like a good idea to me. Giddie (talk) 14:42, 13 December 2012 (UTC)Reply

Bootstrapping installation


Should we not include that the network drivers for the client machines be in the MODULES section at /etc/mkinitcpio.conf as SOLVED Diskless - ipconfig: no devices to configure says?

It worked just like a charm for me after hours trying to troubleshoot the network. --Gabriel B. Casella (talk) 21:36, 24 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

This isn't something that I ran into, but it sounds very sensible to me, if it is an issue for some. Giddie (talk) 10:27, 27 January 2014 (UTC)Reply
I tested in two different machines, one with intel (e1000e, if I'm not wrong) and one with Broadcom. Neither recognized them automatically. --Gabriel B. Casella (talk) 11:39, 27 January 2014 (UTC)Reply
I had some trouble with driver modules... also I had to add the nfs modules. Not sure if all are needed, but in the end, this worked:
MODULES="igb bnx2 e1000e ixgbe e1000 r8169 virtio_net virtio_blk virtio_pci virtio_ring virtio lockd nfs nfsv4 oid_registry rpcsec_gss_krb5 sunrpc"
Peetaur (talk) 12:04, 31 July 2015 (UTC)Reply

Client installation


pacstrap ends with error (205499 blocks need, 175865 blocks available) with "truncate -s 1G /srv/arch.img". I tried change to 2G and all seems ok. Maybe article needs change? --Stempit (talk) 17:12, 08 August 2017 (UTC)Reply

Server configuration

"Next, start NFS services: rpc-idmapd rpc-mountd."

# [root@MUSIC srv]# systemctl status rpc-idmapd rpc-mountd
Unit rpc-idmapd.service could not be found.
Unit rpc-mountd.service could not be found.


# systemctl status nfs-idmapd nfs-mountd

works. But i'am not sure. Stempit (talk) 08:50, 10 August 2017 (UTC)Reply

NBD tutorial needs more explanation

When using NBD a new user is added as given in the '/etc/nbd-server/config' file, using this example it is 'nbd'. When using the 'copyonwrite' (if set to true) parameter, nbd will use the same folder to store the cache as the folder of the given export. Because 'nbd' is a user it needs to own this folder (chown <folder>) in order to be able to write cache files in it. Without this adjustment any 'copyonwrite' nbd pxe boot will crash on boot, saying 'received invalid negotiation magic'.

Alternatively you can give nbd a custom folder, to write its files (using the parameter 'cowdir=/path/to/use' ). This folder also needs to be owned by the user 'nb1d'.

Please add this to the 'Diskless system' explanation of 'copyonwrite' usage. It took me a long time to find this solution (and read about lots of people skipping nbd because of this): solution

—This unsigned comment is by ArchB (talk) 14:43, 15 July 2018 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~!Reply

State of nfsroot on Arch as of 2020

After spending 2 days trying to follow this page, turns out mkinitcpio's nfsroot [is broken]( which isn't mentioned anywhere here. Using dracut instead of mkinitcpio was rather straightforward, so if that's okay, I'd summarize it on the page. Zoe1337 (talk) 11:45, 12 October 2020 (UTC)Reply