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Old 5th October 2008, 11:46 AM
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Unable to acquire IP address at boot after upgrade to Fedora 9


I've upgraded from Fedora 7 to 9, and my machine now fails to acquire an IP address when it boots up.

After the upgrade, the boot screen which shows all the
starting xyz...       [OK]
messages (don't know what to call it) showed 'permission denied' errors related to the file /etc/ntp.conf, as part of the 'Determining IP information for eth0' line. It still said [OK] after 'Determining IP information for eth0', but in fact eth0 had no IP address.

The permission denied errors were an SELinux issue which I fixed with
restorecon -v /etc/ntp.conf
Now the boot screen simply shows 'Determining IP information for eth0... [OK]', but eth0 still doesn't get an IP address at boot.

If I try running the same script when I log in, I do get an IP address, despite the error message:
~$ sudo /etc/init.d/network restart
[sudo] password for root: 
Shutting down interface eth0:                              [  OK  ]
Shutting down loopback interface:                          [  OK  ]
Bringing up loopback interface:                            [  OK  ]
Bringing up interface eth0:  
Determining IP information for eth0...dhclient(3557) is already running - exiting. 

This version of ISC DHCP is based on the release available
on ftp.isc.org.  Features have been added and other changes
have been made to the base software release in order to make
it work better with this distribution.

Please report for this software via the Red Hat Bugzilla site:

Any suggestions, or any further info I could give?
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