OT - DHCP oddity

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Sat Jun 14 09:14:19 MDT 2008

Did you restart the dhcp server? Check the leases and see if you've 
waited long enough. A dhcp client should reacquire when the lease runs 
out. But if the dhcp client died, or was run in a one-time-only mode, it 
wouldn't know to do that and you'd have the same setup until you 
rebooted or started the client anew.

Charles Curley wrote:
> Sorry for the completely off topic post, but I have a question on
> computers. You know, Linux. Routing. Completely irrelevant stuff,
> really.
> I have a box running Ubuntu 8.04. I recently put a new firewall into
> service, so the gateway for all other machines had to change. I
> changed it in the DHCP server's configuration, and manually changed
> most of my machines by bringing the interface down then up again.
> As an experiment, I left one machine alone. A week later, it still has
> the old gateway. It works only because I changed the old firewall's
> gateway to the new firewall. All of the several leases in
> /var/lib/dhcp3/dhclient.eth1.leases have the new router, but this
> machine hasn't picked up the new gateway.
> I'm tempted to change the routing on the old firewall so as to break
> the workaround, and see if that makes any difference. The next
> experiment would be to shut it down entirely.
> I thought DHCP clients were supposed to pick up changes like this; am
> I wrong?
> dhcp3-client-3.0.6.dfsg-1ubuntu9--i386
> dhcp3-common-3.0.6.dfsg-1ubuntu9--i386
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