Netbooting Sparc64

Didrik Madheden didrik at
Wed Apr 25 01:25:02 UTC 2007

Ok, second status report. As before, I've managed to get inital arp
and tftp in order, to download the bootstrap. I managed to disable my
router's dhcp server and activate dhcpd on my FBSD box.
Here's what the sun box outputs:
36e00 Consoles: Open Firmware console

FreeBSD/sparc64 bootstrap loader, Revision 1.0
(root at, Fri Jan 12 08:25:13 UTC 2007)
bootpath="/pci at 1f,0/network at c,1"
boot: ethernet address: 00:03:ba:08:1c:11
net_open: server addr:
net_open: server path: /usr/sunboot
panic: arp: no response for

--> Press a key on the console to reboot <--
Program terminated
ok [prompt mode]
The part I'm curious about  is "panic: arp: no response for".
What am I missing?
Perhaps it won't work to place the contents of the boot CD in
/usr/sunboot, but that error seems to about something else.

Relevant parts if my dhcpd.conf:
host sune.lan {
 fixed-address sune.lan;
 hardware ethernet 00:03:ba:08:1c:11;
 option root-path "";

host alantis.lan {
 hardware ethernet 00:13:37:13:37:cc; # Yes, it's a custom MAC

host billy.lan {
 hardware ethernet 00:c0:4f:8a:68:a5;
sune.lan is assigned to in hosts and 0:3:ba:8:1c:11 in
ethers. billy.lan is the server used for netboot. alantis.lan is just
an innocent bystander.

My exports has a single row:
/usr/sunboot         -ro -maproot=root -network -mask
My rc.conf is the default configuration+what you adviced me to add.

I also double-checked showmount -e after a reboot.

Anything obvious I've missed?

On 4/25/07, Miles Nordin <carton at> wrote:
> >>>>> "dm" == Didrik Madheden <didrik at> writes:
> I've never used the ISO image, but maybe that will work?  Anyway,
> /usr/sunboot should be the root directory of an installed FreeBSD
> system.  You can install by hand with something like (but not exactly
> like):
It should somehow work since the CD boots. (Or should've done in the
ideal case)

> cat base.a{a..z} base.b{a..f} | gunzip | (cd /usr/sunboot && pax -rpe)
> cat comp.a{a..z} comp.b{a..x} | gunzip | (cd /usr/sunboot && pax -rpe)
Hmm, I don't have an installed FreeBSD(-sparc64) system.

/Didrik Madheden

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