[Dnsmasq-discuss] ext. tftpserver doesn't boot

Simon Kelley simon at thekelleys.org.uk
Mon Jul 20 15:22:34 BST 2009

Lammert Slofstra wrote:
> First let me explain te situation :
> I've got a Asus router which is running dnsmasq en tftp-hpa where each 
> client that makes contact with the asus is booting fine.
> With this line :
> dhcp-boot=pxelinux.0,asus,
> On a other server i've got also tftp-hpa running where no client can 
> reach the tftp server.
> With this line :
> dhcp-boot=pxelinux.0,,
> On the client a only see
> filesize = 0 buffsize= something
> I think I missed something because too me it's like the client is 
> searching on the asus for a tftpboot server but the  config file 
> explicity says the tftpboot server is on so it tries 
> something and then gives a timeout after sometime.
> When I'll do a tftp localhost on the other server an then a get 
> pxelinux.0 I'll perfectly receive the file so the tftp server is running 
> fine.
> What did I configured wrong in dnsmasq.conf ?

There are lots of buggy PXE ROMS out there that assume the TFTP server 
is at the same IP address as the DHCP server, even if given a different 
address by the DHCP server.
That could explain what you are seeing.



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