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eth0 does not start during boot, but can be started manually

this is probably a simple error but I'm stuck.

System: IBM ThinkPad 570E, Debian Sarge, KDE, w/  most current updates
think).  Kernel version 2.4.27-2-386.  NB.  on this machine, networking
via a plugin PCMCIA card.

After some upgrades:-
(kernel 2.4.27-1-386 to 2.4.27-2-386, but many other package upgrades
as well, via aptitude), networking behavior has changed.

Now, networking no  longer  starts at boot time, but can be started
(and runs
normally) after system is up (via /etc/init.d/networking start, or via
the kde network admin panel).  (this behavior is now the same with
kernel version)

Since I can start networking manually, I'm guessing that
configurations are correct (see 'interfaces' content below), though I
understand 2 aspects of the file :-
1) the split 'auto' statement (tried replacing with a single 'auto lo
 at top of file, but made no difference
2) the hotplug reference to eth0 (is this related to pcmcia?)

polyphony:/etc/network# cat interfaces
--------------start of interfaces---------------
# 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

# This is a list of hotpluggable network interfaces.
# They will be activated automatically by the hotplug subsystem.
mapping hotplug
        script grep
        map eth0

# The primary network interface
iface eth0 inet static
        # dns-* options are implemented by the resolvconf package, if
        name Ethernet LAN card

auto eth0
----------end of interfaces-------------

So might it be a runlevel script problem?

I'd much appreciate some help in diagnosing and repairing this.



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