HOWTO Netboot a Sun machine using RARP

This article was first written in June 2005 for the BeezNest technical
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This article will explain how to netboot a Sun machine using RARP with a Debian/GNU Linux server. Install package rarpd:
$ sudo apt-get install rarpd
Configure your TFTP server: Adapt the options in /etc/init.d/rarpd to match the directory where you TFTP server delivers its files from. Create a /etc/ethers file:
xx.xx.xx.xx machine
Take care of «machine» name being resolvable from /etc/hosts or whatever other name-resolution system o