Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 116322
RFE: notify user of dhcp client failures
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:00 EST
Description of problem:
If DHCP is being used to get an address, and the DHCP client times
out, the user is currently dumped back to the IP address
configuration dialog. I train RHCEs for Red Hat, and notice that
when users are kickstarting systems and DHCP fails, they're often a
little confused about what's happened - thinking that if the system
is prompting them for an IP, their kickstart file must have failed.
Of course, the user could look in the VTs to see the DHCP client
time out, but since most other error messages appear in the
installer, even somewhat experienced users don't typically think to
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Use DHCP to perform a network install
2.Have the DHCP client fail.
The user is given no notification that DHCp has failed, and are sent
back to the IP configuration screen.
The user should be notified of the error before asking them to
reconfigure and retry their networking. For example:
'The system was unable to get an IP address from the DHCP server.
Please check your network cabling, or set an IP address manually' or
a better error message.
Internal RFE bug #116400 entered; will be considered for future releases.
Thank you for the suggestion. It was passed along to product
management, but not committed for a future release.