LTSP 5 with OpenWRT Kamikaze 8.09 DHCP

June 15, 2009

OpenWRT Kamikaze 8.09 processes /etc/config/dhcp and appends the settings specified there as command line options when running dnsmasq. To properly configure dnsmasq to point to your LTSP server you will both need to specify options in this file, and modify the dnsmasq init script for these new settings. (Note that you can also—right now—add an /etc/dnsmasq.conf with these options in standard syntax. But that’s not the way OpenWRT is heading, and there’s inconsistency across the various packages as to the use and naming of non-uci config files.)

The following worked for me with Debian Lenny running LTSP 5.1.10 installed fromt the repositories, other distros may require different paths:

In /etc/config/dhcp, add in the “config dnsmasq” section:

option dhcp_boot ltsp/i386/pxelinux.0,$LTSP_SERVER_HOSTNAME,$LTSP_SERVER_IP
option dhcp_option 17,'$LTSP_SERVER_IP:/opt/ltsp/i386/'

The first path is relative to /var/lib/tftpboot, the second is the ltsp chroot directory which should be in /etc/exports. The second option is equivalent to the root-path option offered by dhcpd (AFAIU) and solves the “need path” error. Apparently this is not necessary when the DHCP and LTSP servers are the same.

Etherboot clients may require different path information. And if you have a mixed set of clients, you can use the dhcp-vendorclass syntax demonstrated here (the paths in the dnsmasq section of this document are out of date, though they have been fixed in the rest of the page.)

In /etc/init.d/dnsmasq add in the “dnsmasq()” function:

append_parm "$cfg" "dhcp_boot" "--dhcp-boot"
append_parm "$cfg" "dhcp_option" "--dhcp-option"

# /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

Then boot one of your thin clients, hopefully to an LDM login screen.

(Credit where credit is due: This post on general PXE booting with Kamikaze got me halfway to getting this to work.)


One Response to “LTSP 5 with OpenWRT Kamikaze 8.09 DHCP”

  1. Radek Says:

    You rock! I was wondering why can’t I add dhcp-option to that init script and now I see – hyphens must be substituted with underscores.


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