BOOTING(8)                                             BOOTING(8)

          booting - bootstrapping procedures


          This manual page collects the incantations required to
          bootstrap Plan 9 machines.  Some of the information here is
          specific to the installation at Bell Labs; some is generic.

          If a CPU server is up, BOOTP/DHCP and TFTP will run from
          there; if not, the necessary files and services must be
          available on a separate machine, such as a Unix system, to
          use these protocols for bootstrapping.

          Be sure to read boot(8) to understand what happens after the
          kernel is loaded.

          To bootstrap a diskless terminal or a CPU server, a file
          server must be running.  PCs can boot from a floppy disk or
          any FAT16 partition.  On all the terminals, typing two
          control-T's followed by a lower-case r reboots the machine;
          other methods of rebooting are mentioned for some machines.

          To boot a PC, it is necessary to get /386/9boot or
          /386/9load loaded into memory.  There are many ways to do
          this.  A Plan 9 boot floppy prepared by format (see prep(8))
          will load 9load when the PC is reset or powered on.  Other
          methods are described in 9boot(8). 9boot or 9load then
          locates and loads a Plan 9 kernel, using configuration
          information from the matching file in /cfg/pxe (9boot) or
          the file plan9.ini stored in the 9fat configuration parti-
          tion or on a DOS file system (9load).  See 9boot(8) for

          Once the kernel is booted, it behaves like the others.  See
          boot(8) for details.

        CPU Servers
          The Plan 9 CPU servers are multi-user, so they do not
          request a user name when booting.  On the CPU servers, typ-
          ing a control-P on the console reboots the machine.

        PC CPU Server
          Proceed as for the PC terminal, but load /386/9pccpu or

     BOOTING(8)                                             BOOTING(8)

        MIPS Routerboard CPU Server
          Configure RouterBOOT via the serial port (115200 baud) to
          always boot from Ethernet via DHCP and TFTP, and arrange to
          load the ELF executable /mips/9rb in ndb(6).

        ARM Systems
          All ARM systems are started by U-boot using similar com-
          mands.  The kernels (and thus ndb `bootf' parameters) are

          `/arm/9gd'   for the Marvell PXA168-based Guruplug Display
          `/arm/9plug' for other Marvell Kirkwoods (Sheevaplug, Guru-
                       plug, Dreamplug, Openrd, etc.)
                       for TI OMAP3 boards (IGEPv2 from ISEE, Gumstix
          `/arm/9ts'   for Trimslice systems, which contain the Nvidia
                       Tegra 2
                       for Raspberry Pis

          In the following, replace MAC with your board's MAC address
          without colons, in lower case (the format of the `ether' ndb
          attribute).  If loading from a non-Plan-9 TFTP server,
          replace `%C' with /cfg/pxe/MAC.

          First, establish a /cfg/pxe (plan9.ini) file for the new CPU
          server.  For Kirkwood plugs,

               cd /cfg/pxe; cp example-kw MAC

          and edit `/cfg/pxe/MAC' to taste.  For PXA plugs, replace
          `kw' with `pxa'; for OMAP boards, replace `kw' with `omap'
          and be sure to edit the line for `ether0' to set


          Second, configure U-boot to load the appropriate kernel and
          /cfg/pxe file at suitable addresses and start the kernel.
          For Sheevaplugs and Openrd boards, type this at U-boot once:

               setenv bootdelay 2
               # type the next two lines as one
               setenv bootcmd 'bootp; bootp; tftp 0x1000 %C; bootp; tftp 0x800000;
                    go 0x800000'

          For Guruplugs Displays, do the same but type this after
          `setenv bootcmd' instead:

               'dhcp; tftpboot; tftpboot 0x1000 %C; bootz 0x500000'

     BOOTING(8)                                             BOOTING(8)

          For Kirkwood Guruplugs, type this after `setenv bootcmd':

               'dhcp 0x800000; tftp 0x1000 %C; go 0x800000'

          For IGEPv2 boards, type this after `setenv bootcmd':

               'tftp 0x80300000 %C; dhcp 0x80310000; go 0x80310000'

          For Gumstix Overo boards, type this after `setenv bootcmd':

               'bootp 0x80310000; bootp 0x80300000 %C; go 0x80310000'

          For Trimslice systems, type this after `setenv bootcmd':

               'dhcp; dhcp; tftpboot 0x410000; tftpboot 0x400000 %C; go 0x410000'

          For Raspberry Pis, gunzip the named below
          onto an SD card and insert that into your Pi.

          Thereafter, the boards will automatically boot via BOOTP and
          TFTP when reset.

          /n/sources/extra/ is a compressed bootable
          SD card image for Raspberry Pi, uses PXE booting.


          ndb(6), 9boot(8), boot(8), init(8), plan9.ini(8)