From: Niall O Broin (niall at domain magicgoeshere.com)
Date: Fri 28 Jul 2000 - 11:19:07 IST
On Fri, Jul 28, 2000 at 10:20:03AM +0100, Cormac McClean wrote:
> I'm trying to install Red Hat 6.2 on 19 PCs using
> NFS. The NFS server is running from a SuSE 6.4 box,
> exporting /cdrom, and I have verified that this
> is mountable from an existing Linux box.
> However, when I go to run the installation,
> I run into problems: I fill in the details of
> the NFS server, and the Red Hat directory (/cdrom)
> and after a while I get the response
> "I could not mount that directory from the server
> mount: RPC: Port mapper failure - RPC: Timed out"
That's exactly the error message you get if the putative NFS client can't
reach the server over the net - 'Timed out' is a time out reaching the box.
Check the network setup. If the server wasn't actually an NFS server (and
you've verified that it is), you'd get a different error message (RPC:
Program not registered).
> I also tried to install via FTP, just in case it
> was a NFS problem. I entered ftp.esat.net as the
> ftp site, and the response is
> "ftp.esat.net is not a valid hostname"
> despite the fact that I can ftp to this from a
> neighbouring Linux box.
Again, a networking problem. Your install client doesn't have a correctly
configured nameserver, so it doesn't know where ftp.esat.net is.
> Any suggestions as to what's going wrong?
Your install client network configuration. When you've got an install client
past the stage where it has an IP address, try pinging it from one of your
existing boxes - if you get a response, I'd be very surprised.
Niall O Broin
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