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+Using a userland NFS Server for the Target
+To improve the development of software for a target system, it is very exhausting
+changing files or settings at the target itself.
+Or trying the application under development on the target again and again to see
+if a feature works or a GUI looks nicer now or is more handy to control on a
+small touchscreen display.
+Using the *Network File System* (NFS) can improve the development speed by grades
+in this case. Everything filesystem related is still happening on the development
+host and each modification can be used at the target immediately.
+Using PTXdist's built-in NFS Userland Server
+PTXdist can export the BSP's root filesystem by itself. Since a userspace
+tool running as a regular user cannot open network ports below 1024, it uses
+a different network port. The default is port **2049**. To make use of this
+PTXdist feature, run inside the BSP at your development host:
+ $ ptxdist nfsroot
+ [...]
+ Mount rootfs with nfsroot=/root,v3,tcp,port=2049,mountport=2049
+At the target side a slighly different configuration must be used to work with
+the userspace NFS server PTXdist provides instead of a regular kernel space
+NFS server the Linux kernel provides. When starting PTXdist's ``nfsroot`` feature
+it outputs the special command line we need to instruct the Linux kernel to
+use this userland NFS server for its root filesystem to boot its userland from.
+What is still to be considered here is the network confiuration. Refer the
+kernel documentation about the capabilities of the ``ip=`` kernel command line
+option and check, if we need to setup a special IP address at the target side
+to reach the host running PTXdist and its *nfsroot* feature.
+If we need a special IP address to setup, the kernel command line parameter to
+use PTXdist's *nfsroot* feature, the parameter looks like this:
+ nfsroot=<host-ip>:/root,v3,tcp,port=2049,mountport=2049
+In the case we must replace the ``<host-ip>`` part of the line above with the
+IP address of our host running PTXdist's *nfsroot* feature.
+If we run a recent Barebox bootloader with *bootspec* support, booting a target
+via network only is very easy. In the Barebox prompt just enter:
+ barebox@target:/ boot nfs://<host-ip>:2049//root
+In this case Barebox will mount the defined root filesysem via NFS, loads the
+included bootspec file, read its information and continues to load the matching
+kernel and maybe a matching device tree.