Server Down - How should Client Act?

Glenn Satchell Glenn.Satchell at
Tue May 2 13:18:27 UTC 2006

I forget the RFC number but it is an address in the range 169.254.x.y
that the client assigns to itself if it is configured to use dhcp, but
no dhcp server can be found.


>From: "Melody Helt" <honeydew0011 at>
>To: dhcp-users at
>Subject: Re: Server Down - How should Client Act?
>Date: Tue, 02 May 2006 03:01:54 -1000
>What is a link local address?
>>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 13:08:10 -0500
>>  The Linux dhclient (isc-dhclient-V3.0.2-RedHat)  will go to a link local
>>address if no server responds.
>>Doug Armstrong
>>Ted Lemon wrote: On Monday 01 May 2006 10:36, David W. Hankins wrote: But
>>some clients choose to adopt link local addresses and give up on DHCP
>>entirely until something jars it back into operation. I don't know of any
>>correctly-functioning clients that do this. Most of the ones I know of keep
>>trying, albeit at fairly long intervals. If a client gives up and never
>>triesagain, it's probably a bug.
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