Netbooting yaboot doesn't show menu

Erlon Cruz sombrafam at
Wed May 19 22:50:54 EST 2010

Hum...have you checked if  the yaboot file in the Mac G4 is the one the you
have compiled? I never netbooted a Mac. Try to use TCPDUMP + wireshark in
the server where you have the config files to check exactly what your
clients are requesting and actually getting.
Kind Regards,

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM, mardok45 <mardok45 at> wrote:

> I've tried pulling a yaboot copy from Fedora Core 6, Arch PPC, and one that
> I compiled and they all don't show the boot menu.
> All I did was copy the yaboot file to the TFTP folder and edited a new
> yaboot.conf.  Is there something else that needs to be done?
> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 12:54 PM, Erlon Cruz <sombrafam at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Your distro must have compiled it without the netbooting option. Try
>> downloading yaboot from the source and compiling it.
>> Regards,
>> Erlon
>> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM, mardok45 <mardok45 at> wrote:
>>>  Hi,
>>> I'm booting some Mac G4's into yaboot by Netbooting.  Downloading and
>>> running linux kernels / initrd's works perfectly fine, but yaboot doesn't
>>> display a menu.
>>> What's happening is when the yaboot executable is transferred via
>>> Netboot, instead of displaying the boot menu like it usually does, I just
>>> get the Apple Netboot icon in a frozen state.  If I hit enter, it starts
>>> downloading the kernel / initrd like it normally would and everything is
>>> fine from there.
>>> The above problem applies when I hold down the N key when the Mac boots
>>> up.  If I boot into yaboot on the local hard drive and then Netboot, the
>>> menu shows like it normally would.
>>> Here's the yaboot.conf on the TFTP server:
>>> device=enet:
>>> partition=0
>>> default=linux
>>> image=vmlinuz
>>>         label=linux
>>>         read-only
>>>         initrd=ramdisk.image.gz
>>>         append="root=/dev/ram0"
>>> The TFTP server has yaboot, yaboot.conf, vmlinuz and ramdisk.image.gz
>>> stored on it.
>>> Is there a way to get yaboot to display the menu like it normally does
>>> when Netbooting?
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