Basic Scyld setup node boot problems
Mesimer, Daniel James (UMKC-Student)
djm0fc at umkc.edu
Wed Sep 18 15:11:59 PDT 2002
I guess I had overlooked a few things.
I solved my problem by using the beoboot utility to create my boot disks, instead of the BeoSetup Node boot disk utility.
the command was simply: beoboot -2 -f
I just don't understand why this made that big of a difference?
From: Mesimer, Daniel James (UMKC-Student)
Sent: Wed 9/18/2002 2:41 PM
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Basic Scyld setup node boot problems
I have just set up the master node of an 8 node cluster (1 of these is my master).
I am using the Scyld Beowulf 27bz-8 edition.
Installation of the default Scyld Beowulf Master went fine.
I, then, made the node boot floppies (again default). These boot my slave nodes just fine. They begin RARPing and I see all of the MAC addresses in the unknown field just fine. When I move these addresses to the Configured Nodes Section (of BeoSetup), (I believe) the slave nodes then get the phase 2 kernel and begin running it.
But, the slave nodes then stop.
VFS: Cannot open root device 03:05
I thought that these needed RAMdisks to run initially and it doesn't look like that is being setup.
This is the syslinux.cfg on the floppies:
append initrd=initrd.img apm=off apm=power-off
This is my (default) /etc/beowulf/fstab:
# This file is the fstab for nodes.
# One difference is that we allow for shell variable expansions...
# Variables that will get substituted:
# MASTER = IP address of the master node. (good for doing NFS mounts)
# RAMDISK = device name (/dev/<ramdev>) of a device suitable for a root fs
# Note that the "noauto" and "user" options are meaningless here.
# 40MB RAM disk by default.
$RAMDISK / ext2 fs_size=40960 0 0
# This is the default setup from beofdisk, once you setup your disks.
#/dev/hda2 swap swap defaults 0 0
#/dev/hda3 / ext2 defaults 0 0
# These should always be added
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
# NFS (for example and default friendliness)
$MASTER:/home /home nfs nolock 0 0
I believe I need to add something to the node boot disks to allow RAMdisk setup.(?) What would that be? OR am I just way off. I was just assuming that it would just work.
Also, another question, Is there some advantage to using the slave nodes' disks? (I mean installing software to them?)
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Dan "Pierce" Mesimer
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