New Kernel Breaks... dhclient?
Hello, Debian community. I'm definately not a Linux expert, especially where laptops are concerned. Please help!
Here's my problem: I compiled a new kernel (going from 2.4.18 to 2.4.22), and now I can't get an IP from the corporate network. I'm using a PCMCIA card, but that much seems to be okay... "cardctl ident" tells me that I have a 3Com network card, and "ifconfig" tells me that eth0 is up and receiving packets... not transmitting, but receiving. The problem is, I don't have an IP address.
I run dhclient, which runs for a bit, then exits (or goes to the background, I suppose). It even writes to /var/lib/dhcp/dhclient.leases, including a line saying "fixed-address 10.101.116.31", which is the IP I've always gotten. But still, "ifconfig eth0" reveals that I do not have an IP address. Furthermore...
ifconfig eth0 10.101.116.31
ifconfig eth0 netmask 255.255.255.0
route add default gw 10.101.116.1
After entering these three commands (the values were all obtained from /var/lib/dhcp/dhclient.leases), "the Internet turns on". So, it seems as though the only problem is that dhclient can't configure the interface automatically... any idea why (especially given that it can with a different kernel)?
Oh, one more thing: if I type "ifdown eth0", I see the following error message:
"cat: /var/run/dhclient.pid: No such file or directory".
This occurs whether I've run dhclient manually or not.
Somebody please help me... I really don't understand what's happening!
Jonathan Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
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