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BOOTPARAMD(8)		OpenBSD System Manager's Manual		 BOOTPARAMD(8)

     bootparamd, rpc.bootparamd - boot parameter server

     rpc.bootparamd [-ds] [-f file] [-r router]

     bootparamd is a server process that provides information to diskless
     clients necessary for booting.  It consults the file /etc/bootparams.  It
     should normally be started from /etc/rc.

     This version will allow the use of aliases on the hostname in the
     /etc/bootparams file.  The hostname returned in response to the booting
     client's whoami request will be the name that appears in the config file,
     not the canonical name.  In this way you can keep the answer short enough
     so that machines that cannot handle long hostnames won't fail during

     While parsing, if a line containing just ``+'' is found, and the YP
     subsystem is active, the YP map bootparams will be searched immediately.

     The options are as follows:

     -d	     Display the debugging information.	 The daemon does not fork in
	     this case.

     -f file
	     Specify the file to read boot parameters from.  Defaults to

     -r router
	     Set the default router (a hostname or IP address).	 This defaults
	     to the machine running the server.

     -s	     Log the debugging information with syslog.

     /etc/bootparams  default configuration file

     bootparams(5), diskless(8)

     Originally written by Klas Heggemann <>.

     You may find the syslog loggings too verbose.

     It's not clear if the non-canonical hack mentioned above is a good idea.

     If rpc.bootparamd is run on a system which is also running YP, your YP
     domainname will be made public information.

OpenBSD 4.9			 May 31, 2007			   OpenBSD 4.9

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