revamping our beowulf

Robert G. Brown rgb at
Fri Sep 6 07:52:14 PDT 2002

On Fri, 6 Sep 2002, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:

> On Fri, 6 Sep 2002 at 9:19am, Robert G. Brown wrote
> > I put on dog-and-pony shows with our cluster from time to time, and one
> > amusing trick is to put an install boot floppy hacked to make ks the
> > timeout default (a bit of a pain, involving mkinitrd and so forth, but
> > not horribly difficult) into the drive of an idle node, punch reset,
> The only thing you need to do to change the timeout default of a boot 
> floppy is edit syslinux.cfg and change the first line "default linux" to 
> "default ks".  I also usually change the timeout to something really short 
> -- long enough to do something else if I want, but not long enough that I 
> get annoyed waiting for it.
> In any case, no mkinitrd involved.


I was probably thinking of adding drivers to the boot floppy at the same
time (which I did last time I did this).

Sorry for any confusion.

No penguins were harmed making this movie...


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