[Dnsmasq-discuss] specifying dhcp options in proxy mode

Floris Bos bos at je-eigen-domein.nl
Thu May 25 18:48:36 BST 2017

On 05/25/2017 04:30 PM, Andriy Gapon wrote:
> First, the initial PXE client must be instructed to load and run FreeBSD
> pxeboot.  pxeboot is a special loader, an intermediate stage that loads the
> actual FreeBSD kernel.  pxeboot is itself a DHCP and PXE client.

I am pretty sure it didn't send any additional DHCP packets itself in 
the past.

And code seems to reflect that.
It copies the cached packet from the initial PXE client to a variable 
bootp_response here:


     gci_p->PacketType = PXENV_PACKET_TYPE_BINL_REPLY;
     if (gci_p->Status != 0) {
         pxe_p = NULL;
         return (0);
     if ((bootp_response = malloc(gci_p->BufferSize)) != NULL) {
         bootp_response_size = gci_p->BufferSize;
         bcopy(PTOV((gci_p->Buffer.segment << 4) + gci_p->Buffer.offset),
             bootp_response, bootp_response_size);

And skips doing DHCP itself if that is set and it parses:


      * Try to get boot info using BOOTP.  If we succeed, then
      * the server IP address, gateway, and root path will all
      * be initialized.  If any remain uninitialized, we will
      * use RARP and RPC/bootparam (the Sun way) to get them.
     if (try_bootp) {
         int rc = -1;
         if (bootp_response != NULL) {
             rc = dhcp_try_rfc1048(bootp_response->bp_vend,
                 bootp_response_size -
                 offsetof(struct bootp, bp_vend));

             if (servip.s_addr == 0)
                 servip = bootp_response->bp_siaddr;
             if (rootip.s_addr == 0)
                 rootip = bootp_response->bp_siaddr;
             if (gateip.s_addr == 0)
                 gateip = bootp_response->bp_giaddr;
             if (myip.s_addr == 0)
                 myip = bootp_response->bp_yiaddr;
             d->myip = myip;
         if (rc < 0)
             bootp(sock, BOOTP_NONE);

dhcp_try_rfc1048() calls vend_rfc1048() which gets the root-path out of 
the DHCP packet.

So yes, I do think it should be able to get the root-path out of the 
proxy DHCP packet.
It may have problems getting its IP/netmask/gateway though, as that is 
not in the proxy DHCP packet, but in the other packet, and it does not 
currently seem to fetch that.
Not sure how well the RARP fallback works.

Yours sincerely,

Floris Bos

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