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Description of problem:
/usr/share/doc/initscripts-7.93.5/sysconfig.txt states that the FORWARD_IPV4 option is still valid in /etc/sysconfig/network for turning on IPv4 forwarding. However, the option does not appear to work and none of the network scripts seem to look for it.
Even worse, the /etc/rc.d/init.d/network script disables IPv4 forwarding on stop, so restarting the network will disable forwarding which was turned on by another means (e.g. set in /etc/sysctl.conf or otherwise).
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set FORWARD_IPV4=yes
2. Start network
3. Note that forwarding is still disabled despite (1)
4. sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
5. Note that forwarding is now on
6. /etc/rc.d/init.d/network restart
7. Note that forwarding has now been turned off again despite the option (1)
Actual Results: IPv4 forwarding cannot be turned on by recommended means. Forcing it on manually by sysctl works but it turned off again upon network restart.
Expected Results: FORWARD_IPV4=yes option should be honoured as documented. Infact I think this should probably also be the default if FORWARD_IPV4=no is not specified.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 150753 ***