[syslinux] dynamic tftp content?
craig5 at pobox.com
Tue Mar 20 12:40:42 PDT 2007
Has there ever been any consideration to allowing the tftp server to
provide dynamic content?
The problem I am trying to solve is the following... I would like to
create an app to configure new systems.
Part of that is to pxe boot them.
My understanding of the process is:
1) server comes up and gets IP from dhcp server.
2) dhcp server also sends to the new machine the name of a file and the
location to download it from.
(aka. the name of the PXE boot file and the name/IP of the tftp
3) The PXE image will then download a config file.
(In my case it's for kickstart. This can be retrieved via http.)
The dhcp server can customize the name of the PXE config file. But, if I
want the format of the file to be driven by a database, then I need an
"out-of-band" process to generate those files.
I would like the tftp server to be able to fork a process that will
query a database and then return the appropriate "file".
The out-of-band process isn't a *horrible* way to do it.... but, if the
tftp server could fork a process (ala CGI in http), then the process
would be cleaner.
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