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Bug#303812: net ok at stage 1, absent after reboot

On Sat, 9 Apr 2005, Frans Pop wrote:

> (followup to installation report on a earlier, partly private, exchange)
> On Thursday 07 April 2005 22:07, Charles Kaufman wrote:
> > I did it again, twice,  and neither time could it find the
> > network on its own. I ran dhclient from tty2 and, with more
> > confidence now, backed through the installer screens
> > and it did then find the network, as it evantually had done
> > the first time.
> >
> > But during neither of these was I asked whether I was going to
> > have a permanent internet connection, as I (think!) I remember
> > being asked during the first install.
> I assume the installer finds and configures your 3com card OK in first
> stage.

Yes it does.

> Next, it will always try to configure your network interface using DHCP.
> If that fails (e.g. because there is no DHCP server available), it will
> ask the user if he wants to manually configure the interface with a
> static IP address.
> There is no question about "permanent internet connection" in those words.

My memory of the first time I did this is vague and that's why I didn't
use quotes.  Everything was working fine and I wasn't
taking notes. I guess I remembered 'static IP address' as
'permanent connection'.

> If you sometimes see this question and sometimes don't,

I was not paying close attention the first time. I think I recall
seeing it but am really not certain. I reinstalled twice and
definitely did _not_ see it either of those times. That may not
be enough trials to say 'sometimes and sometimes not' but
it does seem reasonable.

>that may mean that
> your DHCP server is slow to respond or unreliable. That could also maybe
> explain the problems you have after the reboot.

Yes that could be. It might have been very busy or otherwise
not available that first time. But even when I boot now, the network
is not available until I run dhclient manually, and when I do,
it has become available immediately ( in a few seconds,
certainly), every time.

That is, on boot, ifconfig shows only lo; after I run dhclient
it shows lo and eth0.

> As already asked, please send us the contents of the file
> /etc/network/interfaces as it is create by the installation procedure.
Here it is:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp


Chuck Kaufman

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