Netbooting broken

Brooks Davis brooks at
Mon Apr 12 19:27:13 PDT 2004

On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 07:06:56PM -0700, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> Some time in the last 5 or 6 days days diskless booting has become
> broken:
> Mounting root from nfs:
> Interface fxp0 IP-Address Broadcast
> load: 1.00  cmd: newfs 66 [block] 0.00u 0.01s 0% 640k
> It looks like it's hanging at the point where it tries to create the
> md filesystems.  I tried going back to kernels from 2-4 days ago, but
> they all panic for various mutex-related reasons.

Adding the following early in etc/rc.d/initdiskless made things work for
me (code stolen from initrandom):

> # XXX temporary until we can improve the entropy
> # harvesting rate.
> # Entropy below is not great, but better than nothing.
> # This unblocks the generator at startup
> ( ps -fauxww; sysctl -a; date; df -ib; dmesg; ps -fauxww; ) \
>     | dd of=/dev/random bs=8k 2>/dev/null
> cat /bin/ls | dd of=/dev/random bs=8k 2>/dev/null

-- Brooks

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