Re: dhclient problem
David Fokkema <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I don't know what's going on since the syslog shows that after
> each DHCPREQUEST there is a DHCPOFFER from the correct server.
That's broken server behaviour. The server is supposed to respond
with either a DHCPACK or a DHCPNAK (or not respond at all). If it
responds with DHCPACK, the client gets the address it asked for. If
it responds with DHCPNAK, *then* the client generates a DHCPDISCOVER
to which the server responds with a DHCPOFFER.
Anyway, after getting no correct answer to a DHCPREQUEST for a bit,
the DHCP client is supposed to fall back to a DHCPDISCOVER to get a
new address. By default it does so in only 10 seconds, but this can
be overridden by the "reboot" value in "/etc/dhclient.conf". Perhaps
you've overridden it with too large a value? Or what does "dhclient
hangs (almost) forever" mean?
If you can't get it to work correctly, a quick fix is to add a line
near the beginning of the "/sbin/dhclient" to:
Then, since the DHCP client has no leases, it'll start out by doing a
DHCPDISCOVER without delay. Depending on the DHCP server at the other
end, you may still get the same IP address every time.