(Please read all the way down to the update at the bottom of this reply - I think I figured it out)
Originally Posted by stevea
It's really best to post the exact output.
Thank you very much for taking the time to help. I posted the exact output character for character. I've been learning programming long enough to know every character is important. I typed the output very carefully - exactly as it was displayed.
I used the chkconfig command and it displayed everything off. The main message I got from your replies is let the network scripts take care of the settings. Yum still works after I activate eth0, so maybe it is about dns resolution ( I removed dhclient - reinstalling it ran into errors), but why would the network icon in gnome disappear?
Your comment about fedora 13 being really old got me thinking it's time to upgrade to version 17. Why take all this time to learn the older version? In spite of the challenges, I enjoy learning this stuff.
You said I only need to use one of the network scripts. It was either Network Manager or something else. Which is the best one to use?
What is your best guess why eth0 is not activating on startup?
I ran the route command on the machine that works fine. eth0 came up first. There was a very slight delay in the default gateway coming to the screen. It was interesting to watch the delay because I knew it was a script running. What scripts generate the table?
An article I read says /etc/init.d is the directory that contains all the init scripts. The NetworkManager script is not in /etc/init.d directory of the machine that doesn't work. It is in that directory on the machine that does work. The network script is in both machines. The symbolic links for the GUI runlevel in both machines have the network initscript set to K(ill).
That means the machine that doesn't work has the network init script installed but set to K, and doesn't have the NetworkManager script at all.
Can I install that with yum? Will yum download and place that script in /etc/init.d so I can write a symbolic startup link to it for runlevel 5 in /etc/rc.d/rc5.d?