#3738 Can’t reconfigure Ubuntu 10.04 Server for a static IP addres

Corey Boyle

Trying to change Ubuntu 10.04 Server from DHCP client to a static address results in a box that is unreachable via IP.
During reboot, it has a “reconfiguring network fail” error message. On start up it has several error messages.



  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-08-17

    What happens if you login at the console and run :

    ifup eth0

  • Corey Boyle

    Corey Boyle - 2010-08-17

    i can't get to a login prompt

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-08-18

    If you can't get to a login prompt, that seems like an ubuntu bug .. no networking change should be able to prevent the system from booting.

  • Corey Boyle

    Corey Boyle - 2010-08-18

    I think I figured it out.

    In the Webmin GUI under the “Edit Bootup Interface” screen, if you leave “Broadcast” set to automatic, you get the error messages on reboot and networking fails during the next boot.

    If you set the “Broadcast” manually, everything is fine.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-08-19

    If you set broadcast to automatic, what does the /etc/network/interfaces file contain?

  • Corey Boyle

    Corey Boyle - 2010-08-19

    # The primary network interface
    iface eth0 inet static

  • Corey Boyle

    Corey Boyle - 2011-08-28

    I believe this issue has been resolved. Perhaps a change on Ubuntu's part.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2011-08-29

    OK.. marking as closed then.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2011-08-29
    • status: open --> closed-works-for-me

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