[PC-BSD Dev] pc-thinclient external dhcp server

Joe Maloney jpm820 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 12 20:20:29 PDT 2013

Thanks Kris.  I've cloned the repo and I've added the option to use an
external dhcp server during the second prompt.  This will bypass installing
isc-dhcp and will ask the user to input their network id and subnet info
but I need to find a way to take that text and paste it into hosts.allow on
the appropriate line for ifs, etc.  I think that should work I just haven't
gotten that quite yet.


While I am thinking about it I was just watching the presentation from
BSDcan on pc-thinclient and I learned a few things in the process.  I was
thinking since it was mentioned that the pc-thinclient environment is just
a chroot would it be possible to create an option in the warden to create
pc-thinclient jails in addition to linux jails, etc?  Then allow the user
to graphical set the network card to run off of, specify mac address
options, etc from there?  Would that even be possible to pxe boot into a

Joe Maloney

On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:

>  On 05/27/2013 21:01, Joe Maloney wrote:
>  I’ve been looking over various ways to set up a thin client install
> server for images of FreeBSD current to avoid having to constantly write to
> flash drives, etc.  I found a way to accomplish this by using the
> ftp/tftp-hpa port and syslinux to build a grub menu which will allow me to
> boot from various ISO’s I add to the menu.  I also used my mikrotik router
> for dhcp rather than the isc/dhcp port for passing dhcp options which
> worked out nicely.  It led me to think about pc-thinclient again which I
> haven’t tried out in a while and had forgotten about.
>  I’ve used pc-thinclient before as well and I was contemplating trying to
> make a few modifications for my own uses.  For example I would like to the
> have pc-thinclient install script give me the option to use my own dhcp
> server and spit out instructions of what options to add to an external dhcp
> server for end users.
>  I was looking over at the code for pc-thinclient and I see it’s been
> updated to support pkgng which is nice. Before I dove in to far I was
> curious if I could somehow share some of these changes with your project
> for consideration or if something like this might already be planned or in
> the works?
>  Joe Maloney
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> I hadn't planned on adding that support in the near future. If you would
> like to feel free to clone the git repo and make your changes. Once you get
> it working, let me know and I'll pull them into the mainline one :)
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> Kris Moore
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