Re: Login errors after network change

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On Thu, 2010-04-01 at 23:14 -0400, Kwan Lowe wrote:
> Hello All:
> I just did a Fedora12 Desktop Edition installation to hard drive and
> an update. This went smoothly, but I had some errors immediately
> afterwards.
> During the installation I don't recall being prompted for network
> configuration. On initial boot, I did the normal configuration such as
> time zone and LDAP server setup. Initial login went fine. Because this
> is a virtual machine and accessible only via the network, I went ahead
> and changed the eth0 configuration to a static IP address via the
> system-config-network utility.
> That's where the problem started.
> After rebooting after updating all packages, I could not login. The
> system was attempting to authenticate via the LDAP server but when
> switching from DHCP to static it apparently also sets the onboot flag
> to no in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 file.  Logins,
> whether local root or an LDAP user, would take about a minute to
> timeout before returning to the login prompt.
> To compound the issue, the grub timeout was set to 0 so that I
> couldn't even access the grub menu to change the runlevel. I ended up
> booting the CD image just to be able to set the NIC to start on boot.
> (Afterwards I learned about the SHIFT key override from the
> "increasing grub timeout?" thread elsewhere).
> No harm done, but I am curious as to the rationale for the interface
> not being enabled after reconfiguration from DHCP to static. Did I
> miss something in the configuration that would enable it?
probably did miss it

In system-config-network, if you double click the interface, there is a
checkbox for 'Activate device when computer starts'


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