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Re: networking problem and philosophy

On Mon, 2003-03-03 at 13:25, David Z Maze wrote:

> Hmm.  Is there anything informative in /etc/network/interfaces (the
> "normal" place for network settings under Debian)?  You also might try
> running your DHCP client by hand, and seeing if that works.  Also,
> check that your kernel configuration includes a driver for your
> network card.  I think the "Socket Filtering" option (CONFIG_FILTER)
> is also required to use DHCP, even though that's not obvious from
> anything in the kernel configuration.

/etc/network/interfaces includes (in addition to comments):
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Running dhclient manually returns to a prompt, then ifconfig shows eth0
with no IP address.

Lastly, I checked and the EtherExpress100 driver was enabled, but Socket
Filtering was not.  I enabled Socket Filtering, and rebuilt the package,
and networking is indeed working now.

I agree, it's not so intuitive (to a networking newbie) that Socket
Filtering is needed for DHCP, but this did fix things.  Thanks.

Can you explain why the kernel will only compile successfully when I
tell the config file I want SMP?  Otherwise it dies with errors during

Thanks for your help,

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