Documentation for dhclient.

Alex Bligh alex at
Tue May 10 19:11:11 UTC 2011

--On 10 May 2011 11:19:32 -0700 Stephan Tiriac <stman937-dhcp at> 

> Sorry to insist but the man page is very poor. By example the flags "-r"
> and "-x"
> are not explained at all. Is there another doc for this program?

My manpage has:

> The -r flag explicitly releases the current  lease,  and  once  the
>        lease has been released, the client exits.
>        If the client is killed by a signal (for example at shutdown or
> reboot) it won't execute the        dhclient-script (8) at exit. However
> if you shut the client down gracefully with -r or -x it        will
> execute dhclient-script (8) at shutdown with the specific reason for
> calling the script        set.

Alex Bligh

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