Bug 133192 - lost dhcp leases file
lost dhcp leases file
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: dhcp (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jason Vas Dias
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Reported: 2004-09-22 08:35 EDT by Andrew Martynov
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: dhcp-3.0.1-7_EL3
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Last Closed: 2004-09-22 10:36:08 EDT
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Description Andrew Martynov 2004-09-22 08:35:51 EDT
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Description of problem:
Startup script /etc/rc.d/init.d/dhcpd does not check
availability of /var/lib/dhcp/dhcpd.leases file.

So if this file is removed DHCP server does not started.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install DHCP server
2. create simple config like attached
3. /sbin/service dhcpd start
4. /sbin/service dhcpd stop
5. rm /var/lib/dhcp/dhcpd.leases
6. /sbin/service dhcpd start

Actual Results:  Server stopped with error

Expected Results:  Server starts and working with clean leases database

Additional info:

It is good idea 
- to check /etc/dhcpd.conf for lease-file-name statement
- if no options included 
-- check if file /var/lib/dhcp/dhcpd.leases exists 
-- otherwise 'touch /var/lib/dhcp/dhcpd.leases'

Sample of /etc/dhcpd.conf
ddns-update-style none;

subnet netmask {
        ddns-updates off;
        max-lease-time 259200;
        default-lease-time 259200;
        option broadcast-address;
        option subnet-mask;
        option domain-name "mylan";
        option domain-name-servers,;
        pool {
                ddns-updates off;

Comment 1 Jason Vas Dias 2004-09-22 10:36:08 EDT
This problem has been fixed for some time, in dhcp-3.0.1+ .
dhcp-3.0.1-8 will be in RHEL-3-U4 .
Meanwhile, you can get dhcp-3.0.1-7 compiled for RHEL-3 from:

Comment 2 John Flanagan 2004-12-21 14:41:46 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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