bootp can't find hardware address message
Bootp keeps displaying messages on the screen that say can't
find hardware address on the network. Is this configured somewhere
on the RISC?
No, this is not configured anywhere.
Env: AIX 3.2.5 Terminal Server, PC's, and Bootp printers
Desc: Customer was receiving error messages similar
to the following on their console:
bootpd[pid]: hardware address not found: \
The messages would scroll across the console about every
5-15 minutes the entire day long.
Action: Verified that bootp was starting from inetd, and
was not in debug mode.
Searched through the databases and
located an item stating that the temporary fix for this
situation is to add entries to the /etc/bootptab file
in the following format:
for each of the hardware addresses that are causing the
Additional research showed that bootpd does use syslog.
This is not well documented, however, and bootpd
will send out messages for spurious boot requests. These are
normally suppressed--UNLESS there is a specific request for
these in /etc/syslog.conf.
I believe that there is an entry in the /etc/syslog/conf
file for the console that is causing the debug or daemon
To verify this, I placed the following line in my
/etc/syslog.conf file and rebooted my RS/6000. The
hardware address errors did appear when I setup an
unknown xstation to broadcast bootp.
Next Action: I called Martha and left her a message concerning the
Support Line: bootp can't find hardware address message ITEM: AH6947L
Dated: April 1995 Category: N/A
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