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Network Installation - ws6an - 15th Feb, 2013 11:10 PM

I'd like to be able to install Xbian on an NFS network share. Is this possible and if so how can you do this? I know that you have to boot from an SD Card but then i would like to load the rest of Xbian from a network share much like you can from a USB Stick.

I't looks like it is possible for the Pi to load from an NFS share:

Also found this about booting OpenLec from network but not sure if these instructions would be applicable?:

RE: Network Installation - CurlyMo - 15th Feb, 2013 11:16 PM

This functionality can be added to the initramfs as we include in Alpha 5. We haven't included boot from nfs yet, but here is the source if you want to try to add it yourself. Let us know if you managed. Booting from samba should be implemented in fairly the same way.

Hmm, this topic states it can be done without the initramfs: However, using a initramfs can be safer because you then don't have an unbootable system when the network fails.

Another tip for using the initramfs, use e.g.:
ldd /bin/mount => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6f05000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6ee2000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6ea0000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6e76000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6e4e000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6d1e000)
        /lib/ (0xb6f39000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6d11000) => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ (0xb6d06000)
To check what modules need to be included in the initramfs lib folder.