BOOTPARAMD(8) OpenBSD System Manager's Manual BOOTPARAMD(8)
bootparamd, rpc.bootparamd - boot parameter server
rpc.bootparamd [-d] [-s] [-r router] [-f file]
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 sub-
system 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
-s Log the debugging information with syslog.
-r Set the default router (a hostname or IP address). This defaults
to the machine running the server.
-f Specify the file to read boot parameters from. Defaults to
/etc/bootparams default configuration file
Originally written by Klas Heggemann <klasATnada.se>.
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.
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