How can one run several dhcpd on a single machine?

Glenn Satchell Glenn.Satchell at
Fri Jun 5 07:06:47 UTC 2009

>Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 13:01:59 +0800
>From: michael kapelko <kornerr at>
>Hi. Thanks for replies.
>As you may know recently I've posted about long dhcpd.conf parsing
>time (
>I have done as you Glenn suggested, and it took about 27 minutes.
>So after that we decided simply to run several dhcpd instances each
>for certain range of subnets. Parsing that small files takes just a
>few seconds.
>Soon after I posted the question I found out that providing a pid file
>solves the problem. So now we have several dhcpd's running at once on
>different interfaces.

That's very interesting, so several small files takes a few seconds,
but combining them into one big file (with the same subnet definitions)
takes 27 minutes?

Sounds like there's something weird going on, but hey, if it works for
you then that's fine!


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