WORKAR?OUND: dhclient problems in 5.3-RELEASE

David Gerard fun at
Sun Feb 6 08:59:16 PST 2005

David Gerard (fun at [050124 05:34]:

> This afternoon, I set up a new machine with 5.3-RELEASE. Started with three
> 5.3-beta5 floppies, told it I wanted 5.3-RELEASE from a CD-R, installed
> minimal base, man pages and ports, created two users.
> On reboot, I ran dhclient and it completely failed to get an IP address.
> But I know the cable is good and the DHCP server is working, because I
> booted the box in question into Windows and it grabbed an IP just fine. So
> where do I start on diagnosing what's up with this installation?

Workaround: I downloaded dhclient-2.0pl5 from and installed that.
And it works fine. That's a crusty and not thoroughly secure version, but
this box is behind NAT and a firewall so is safe enough for now.

Since I installed 5.3-RELEASE as a minimal base-only system specifically so
as to install as much as possible from ports for upgradability, I hope that
doesn't foul that up!

- d.

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list