I was recently forced to reboot my RH6.0 system during what
turned out to be a period when the local Roadrunner DHCP
server was down. At that point I couldn't get Linux back up
again with network services and I had to wait about eight
hours for the cable folks to fix their machine. (pump
My machine is dual-boot with Windows 98 and during this
time, W98 worked perfectly. I suspect, therefore, that W98
has cached the DHCP information and as long as the lease
hasn't expired they go ahead and use it even if the DHCP
server is down.
I suggest that this behavior would be the right thing for
pump. Barring that, a way to recall the last DHCP
information and force its use would have saved several hours
The requested behaviour can cause problems.
e.g. Certain Somebody brings their laptop to work from home, boots Windows up,
and gets LARTed by sysadmins shortly thereafter because the laptop is using its
home-acquired DHCP address on the corporate network.
Needless to say, I was not pleased with the Windows behaviour, and not only does
the present pump behaviour prevent this problem, it is also much more "correct"
(you're not supposed to use an IP without a lease for it).
So, closing this very old bug.