dhclient starts on startup, but no IP is configured

Isaac Grover isaac.grover at gmail.com
Mon Aug 14 13:13:45 UTC 2006

Good morning from Wisconsin,

I am running FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE with four NICs: rl0, rl1, dc0 and
sis0.  All the *0 NICs are static IPs, and rl1 is the only NIC that
gets its IP through DHCP.  At the moment, there is nothing else
running on this box except ssh and no firewall is configured yet.

On boot, dhclient starts up to get an IP for rl1 via DHCP, but there's
an error and I see the dump of what looks like a README, but it
scrolls by too quick to catch it all.  After logging in, doing an
'ifconfig rl1' never shows an IP for rl1.  Minutes can go by; still no
IP.  So I do a 'killall dhclient; /sbin/dhclient rl1' and I have an IP
for rl1 within seconds.

Has anyone here seen this behavior before?

Thank you in advance,
Isaac Grover, Owner
Quality Computer Services of River Falls, Wisconsin
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