BootP Daemon

General Information

This guide will explain on how to enable FreeBSD’s internal BootP daemon and some basic configuration. FF14 gil BootP is a protocol like DHCP except is typically used by older technology, like my Asante IntraCore 6014DSB.


  1. Local root access on the box or be able to su to root.
  2. A SSH client of some sort (if you don’t have local access to the box).
  3. Your favorite text editor (I like nano).
  4. Something that uses BootP to test this whole thing afterward (Mac OS X still has support for the BootP protocol).


The BootP daemon is built-in to FreeBSD so there’s no need to install it. All that’s left to do is create a directory and configuration file.

 # cd /etc # touch bootptab # mkdir /usr/boot 

If you’d rather use something other than /usr/boot be sure to remember this for later in the config file.


The first step is to create the configuration file so the daemon actually has some idea of what’s going on.

 # nano -w /etc/bootptab .default: :hd=/usr/boot:bf=null: :ds= :ns= :sm= :gw= :hn:to=-18000: 

A bit of explination here. basket nike tn soldes :hd is the BootP daemon’s home directory (for specific boot files, I believe. nike air max 1 nike dunk Be sure to create this directory!). chaussure timberland pas cher :ds is the domain server (since I don’t have a domain I just used the server’s address). :ns is the internal name server’s address/ip. ugg homme :sm is the subnet mask you’d like to have the machine that’s using BootP use. timberland pas cher :gw is the gateway server’s address.

Alright, now that we’ve set some basic paramaters, it’s time to specify a client.

Add something that looks like the following to the end of the file:


The first bit, “fenris” the the machine’s name (the name of my laptop). asics whizzer nike flyknit :ha is the machine/NIC’s MAC address. adidas ultra boost :tc is the template to use, in this case we want to use .default since that’s all we have so far.

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