Server Down - How should Client Act?

Melody Helt honeydew0011 at
Mon May 1 18:54:21 UTC 2006

I wish I could!  Unfortunately, I am stuck with RH 9 and the version of dhcp 
for awhile.

>From: Douglas Armstrong <doug at>
>Reply-To: dhcp-users at
>To: dhcp-users at
>Subject: Re: Server Down - How should Client Act?
>Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 13:05:10 -0500
>  that is very old  code.  try to update the DHCP parts to the latest.
>Doug Armstrong
>Melody Helt wrote: Both server and client are Redhat 9 From: Carl Karsten
><carl at>[2] Reply-To: dhcp-users at[3] To:
>dhcp-users at[4] Subject: Re: Server Down - How should Client Act?
>Date:Mon, 01 May 2006 01:06:03 -0500 Melody Helt wrote: I have my default
>lease set up for 3 mins for experimentation. I am giving out a static IP
>based on MAC address. My server does down. Using ethereal to watch the
>network traffic, I see that at about 1/2 the time of the lease, the client
>sends out a DHCPREQUEST message then 5 seconds later sends out another
>DHCPREQUEST. Nothing else happens. After the lease time expires, the server
>starts up again. No communication occurs between client &server. The client
>has to be rebooted in order for it to communicate &get an IP from the
>server.>From reading on the internet, I thought that once the lease 
>the client would keep broadcasting a message trying to find a host. This
>doesn't seem to be the case in my experiment. Should the client keep
>broadcasting? In this situation, is there anyway to get the client &server
>tocommunicate without having to reboot the client? In case any of the
>suggestions dont work, what OS is the client? Carl K
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