dhclient starts on startup, but no IP is configured

Simon Hobson dhcp1 at thehobsons.co.uk
Tue Aug 15 06:54:07 UTC 2006

Isaac Grover wrote:

>Thank you for the info about portfast, but I'm not running Cisco
>switches.  The "switch" is a stock Linksys WRT54GS acting as a DHCP
>server for this client only as a test.  I also configured it as a
>switch so this client would get an IP from the upstream DHCP server,
>still the same results.  After boot, ten minutes went by before I got
>impatient and did a "killall dhclient ; /sbin/dhclient rl1" to force
>the client to request an IP.

Do you have an etherenet hub or another switch to hand (preferably a 
hub) ? If so, try putting that between the device and the switch - it 
will keep the switch port up and eliminate that potential problem.

This would help narrow it down.


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