(This post was originally on ubuntuforums.org, but I could get no help. I am hoping that there will be better feedback here.)
I have always installed from a CD, but this time there is no CD. Let me describe my setup and then beg for some help. Please understand that I am a network nitwit, I used binary years ago to create sprites on my home computer, but netmasks and subnets all sound like so much fishing-tackle to me!
My main desktop box (DB) is Fedora 3
. I want to install Kubuntu onto a very old machine that has no CD ROM drive.
The box on the floor (BOF) is a donation for education in computer literacy. It's literally 10 years old and has never been opened, when I did, it was horrible; an even gray pelt of luxurious dust and hair on all the cards, wires, drives, the motherboard, everywhere. Scary. Needless to say, I don't want to try and plug a CD ROM drive into that mess. I can't risk disturbing the little eco-system balance thing that's going-on in there! Still, it boots and up comes Win95 - amazing.
The BOF has a network-card (and I had to clean the chips to discover it was a Realtek 8019AS.) and 64Mb Ram and a 2gig HDD (I hope these specs will handle Kubu 5.10, but that's another issue)
I fetched the etherboot image from the automated web-form (and I think I matched the network card properly). The BOF boots from the stiffy and starts looking for the network, so that seems good.
My network is like this:
Wireless aerial from my WISP. It has an ethernet cable that comes from the roof and into my little 5-port hub. (A box with flashing lights...BWFL) From the BWFL I have cables going out. One to my DB, on to an Access Point for the XP-Home laptop that roams about. One to the BOF.
I connect to the WISP by VPN on ppp0 over eth0. I use "dhclient eth0" to get an IP address from the WISP.
on my DB:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:20:ED:91:49:5D
inet addr:18.104.22.168 Bcast:22.214.171.124 Mask:255.255.0.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:7666 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3957 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:4312828 (4.1 MiB) TX bytes:467900 (456.9 KiB)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xe400
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:295 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:295 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:12005 (11.7 KiB) TX bytes:12005 (11.7 KiB)
ppp0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr:192.168.15.226 P-t-P:192.168.8.1 Mask:255.255.255.255
UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST MTU:1496 Metric:1
RX packets:3773 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3021 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:3806677 (3.6 MiB) TX bytes:246045 (240.2 KiB)
I hope that makes some sense.
Okay, so I am following the steps in the wiki:
I have installed tftpd (which has differing directories to the ones described for Ubuntu, but that's not too bad).
I mount the kubuntu5.10.iso on a loop on /tftpboot/kubu
I have apache running, and I make a symlink in /var/www from to /tftpboot/kubu
PROBLEM 1: I can't seem to go into http://localhost/kubu
, but if I make the link inside /var/www/html then I can. Will this be a problem?
Then comes the great debacle - the DHCP-server. Hoo-boy am I up against my ignorance here! It's complete Greek. (Greek would make more sense
- apologies to the Greeks out there!)
On Fedora, I installed "dhcp" (not "dhcp3" which was not available on yum). I then created an /etc/dhcp.conf as suggested in the wiki, (had to add a line at the end, hey - it told me to!).
But whatever numbers I use in 'subnet' and 'netmask' I just keep getting errors, even if I make them the same as the ifconfig readout.
Plus, I don't know what 'pxelinux.0' is, but I located it at the address you see below.
Example dhcp.conf file:
ping-check = 1;
filename = "/usr/lib/syslinux/pxelinux.0";
subnet 192.168.1.0 netmask 255.255.255.0
range 192.168.1.10 192.168.1.254;
Now, when I do a "service dhcpd restart" I get messages like this:
No subnet declaration for eth0 (126.96.36.199).
** Ignoring requests on eth0. If this is not what
you want, please write a subnet declaration
in your dhcpd.conf file for the network segment
to which interface eth0 is attached. **
Not configured to listen on any interfaces!
And when I change "subnet to 188.8.131.52 netmask 255.255.0.0" I get:
/etc/dhcpd.conf line 3: subnet 184.108.40.206 netmask 255.255.0.0: bad subnet number/mask combination.
Configuration file errors encountered -- exiting
Well, that's as far as I have gotten this thing. Can anyone enlighten me? Pretty please!