bootpc_call() times out

Chris Johns chrisj at
Sun Feb 14 00:37:05 UTC 2010

Till Straumann wrote:
> Chris.
> I see that on 2008/05/01 you committed changes (authored by folks at 
>, it seems)
> that let bootpc_call() terminate if no server can be contacted for some 
> time.

Yes that is correct.

> This is different from pre 4.9 behavior which would keep on trying forever
> until a server replied.
> What was the rationale for this (AFAIK undocumented) change ?

I think networking errors at this protocol level that result in a panic should 
be avoided. At a system it is fine to say reboot on a BOOTP error if that is 
your requirement but to code into the bootp protocol seem tough on those that 
wish to implement a different system level design. For example to try a second 
interface or to hand over to a configuration tool that can allow switching to 
a different configuration, ie recommissioning equipment.

I know this is not documentation but it was discussed on the list. :)

I will happily change the doco that is wrong. I was not aware the loop 
for-ever behaviour was documented. Where is it ?

FYI the retry bootp code never worked because of a bug I fixed in April 2009.

> IMO the old 'forever' loop made more sense.

Can you place the call in a loop ?


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