networking problem and philosophy
I'm trying to get Debian going on my Thinkpad T21, and synchronize with
my Sony Clie PDA.
I installed Woody using packages via ftp, so it's up to date. During
the install, one of the choices is to use 'netenv' to configure the
network. I don't know any better - I'm new to Debian - so I let it.
It works fine if I boot on the kernel delivered by the original
installation process, but that kernel doesn't provide the options to
sync with my PDA, so I've been trying to make a new kernel.
I'm using the kernel-package and make-kpkg tools as shown in the Debian
manual, and that part seems to work. I've got a kernel that may have
what I need to sync my PDA.
But it won't give me my network access.
I've looked a bit at the 'netenv' stuff, and it seems to have created
hard definitions of my network settings in /etc/netenv. I chose during
install to use DHCP when it asked - the netenv settings don't seem to
What am I not understanding about how to work with this? I want DHCP,
and I want my network to work, but I don't know how to approach this in
Debian. I'll spend plenty of time studying networking once I have a
working system, but I can't go on without it (I'm back in Redhat 8 to
I'm connecting to the Internet with a cable modem and a router. The
router assigns my local address.
Clues, suggestions, explanations would be very welcome. Should I be
accepting 'netenv' during the install? How can I get rid of it and use
DHCP to configure my network on startup? Or...?