Netmask issue

Simon Hobson dhcp1 at
Thu Oct 1 16:26:18 UTC 2009

At 17:16 +0200 1/10/09, Antonio Guerrieri wrote:
>Hi all,
>I have a dhcp3 server running on debian lenny hosted as virtual 
>machine on a xen server.
>I am testing a new wireless system and I configured the dhcp in this way:
>subnet netmask {
>     range;
>     option broadcast-address;
>     option routers;
>Well, mac and windows clients receive all as netmask 
>and they "mysteriously" work "perfectly".
>Some linux client (slackware) refuse, correctly, such netmask.
>Sniffing packets revealed that clients receive

What happens if you specify a value for the netmask option ? Ie :
   option netmask

Worked for me at my last job.

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