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BOOTPD(8)                                               BOOTPD(8)

       bootpd, bootpgw - Internet Boot Protocol server/gateway

       bootpd  [  -i  -s  -t  timeout  -d level -c chdir-path ] [
       bootptab [ dumpfile ] ]
       bootpgw [ -i -s -t timeout -d level ] server

       Bootpd implements an Internet Bootstrap  Protocol  (BOOTP)
       server   as  defined  in  RFC951,  RFC1532,  and  RFC1533.
       Bootpgw implements a simple BOOTP  gateway  which  can  be
       used  to forward requests and responses between clients on
       one subnet and a BOOTP server (i.e.   bootpd)  on  another
       subnet.  While  either  bootpd  or  bootpgw  will  forward
       BOOTREPLY packets, only bootpgw will  forward  BOOTREQUEST

       One host on each network segment is normally configured to
       run either bootpd or bootpgw from inetd by  including  one
       of the following lines in the file /etc/inetd.conf:

              bootps  dgram udp wait root /usr/sbin/bootpd bootpd
              bootps  dgram  udp  wait   root   /usr/sbin/bootpgw
              bootpgw server

       This  mode of operation is referred to as "inetd mode" and
       causes bootpd (or bootpgw) to be started only when a  boot
       request  arrives.   If  it does not receive another packet
       within fifteen minutes of the last  one  it  received,  it
       will  exit  to  conserve  system resources.  The -t option
       controls this timeout (see OPTIONS).

       It is also possible to run bootpd (or bootpgw)  in  "stan-
       dalone  mode" (without inetd) by simply invoking it from a
       shell like any other regular command.  Standalone mode  is
       particularly  useful when bootpd is used with a large con-
       figuration database, where the start up delay might other-
       wise  prevent  timely response to client requests.  (Auto-
       matic start up in standalone mode can be done by  invoking
       bootpd  from  within  /etc/rc.local,  for example.)  Stan-
       dalone mode is less useful for bootpgw which has very lit-
       tle  start  up delay because it does not read a configura-
       tion file.

       Either  program  automatically  detects  whether  it   was
       invoked  from  inetd  or  from  a  shell and automatically
       selects the appropriate mode.  The -s or -i option may  be
       used  to  force standalone or inetd mode respectively (see


Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.

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