Improving dhclient startup time

Carl Karsten carl at
Thu Jun 15 22:17:20 UTC 2006

David W. Hankins wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 15, 2006 at 06:26:01PM +0200, Lorenzo Colitti wrote:
>> I understand. Is there anything that can be done to make this 
>> conditional? For example, perhaps it might make sense do it only if 
>> dhclient is not run in daemon mode, i.e. only if the -1 option is not 
>> specified?
> No, it's just going to disappear in the next feature release.

Wouldn't it make more sense for it to be an option?  (I don't care what the 
default is.)

I can see how it is useless for a 'basic machine' - the 30+ seconds it takes to 
go from power on to the dhcp request is more than enough randomness - the extra 
3 seconds is 'worthless' in this case.

I can see the case for wanting it - like a one of those monster boxes with 32k 
virtual machines, or a bunch of embedded systems that have a very consistant 
boot time.


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