[Beowulf] small distro for PXE boot, autostarts sshd?

Marian Marinov mm at yuhu.biz
Fri Feb 27 00:08:19 PST 2009

On Friday 27 February 2009 01:00:22 David Mathog wrote:
> There are a million distros, and many "small" distros, but these seem to
> be optimized for desktop use.  Surely there are a few out there that can
> do the following:
> 1.  pxe boot (easily)
> 2.  autostart sshd, allowing root ssh login (there is no
>   keyboard on the remote machine).
> 3.  contains smartmontools, parted, fdisk, etc., but not any desktop
> pieces.

These are exactly the things that I want for my recovery images so I decided 
to go with RIP(Recovery Is Possible):

Have a look at it.

Marian Marinov

> I have been using boel and PLD for various maintenance tasks, but
> neither one of these meets all of the criteria. boel is great for
> running scripts, but here I want remote access to a command line.  PLD
> has all the tools, but at least on the target in question, it doesn't
> start the network properly.  (Also even if the network is manually
> started, which does work, there is a password on root, and I don't know
> what it is.)  boel has an sshd binary, but so far I have not been able
> to make it work automatically in a script.  If anybody has, please share
> those lines of code.
> Thanks,
> David Mathog
> mathog at caltech.edu
> Manager, Sequence Analysis Facility, Biology Division, Caltech
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