Using "/etc/rc.d/netif start"

Nerius Landys nlandys at
Tue Mar 29 17:40:21 UTC 2011

First off, I'm on 9.0-CURRENT-i386, but I don't think that will make a
difference for purposes of my question.  I think the freebsd-current
folks are expecting questions that are much harder than this one.

I'm trying to use /etc/rc.d/netif to bring down and bring back up all
network interfaces, because I'm trying to get the correct entries in
/etc/rc.conf for testing some extra network cards.

So right now, my /etc/rc.conf looks like this:

ifconfig_em0="inet netmask"

/etc/resolv.conf looks like this:

domain  i

I'm basically in a LAN.  When I boot up this "elmer.i" machine,
everything works well.

Then, I do the following two commands:

  /etc/rc.d/netif stop
  /etc/rc.d/netif start

After these, I'm still able to ping a raw IP LAN address such as  However, two problems start occurring:

1. I cannot ping an IP address that is outside of my LAN, e.g.
> ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
ping: sendto: No route to host

2. DNS (via nameserver) won't work at first, but starts
to magically work when I for example enable sshd and log in to elmer
from another host on the LAN

So the nut of my question is, I think "/etc/rc.d/netif stop" stops
some additional things such as packet routing that the corresponding
"/etc/rc.d/netif start" command won't start back up.  So what is the
best way to bring down the network and bring it back up again for
purposes of testing /etc/rc.conf syntax?

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