The ifup-ipx script is used to bind IPX to a NIC at startup. The script
has two small bugs in it that cause it to fail. First it looks to /usr/bin
for the ipx_interface command which is located under /sbin in RedHat 6.1.
Second there is a small paramater passing error on the ipx_interface
command line. The $primary should be the 2nd parameter on the command
line, it is listed as the third in the script that shipped with RedHat.
Here is a copy of the "modified" working script:
# configures IPX on $1 if appropriate
if [ "$1" = "" ]; then
echo "usage: $0 <net-device>"
if [ ! -x /sbin/ipx_interface ] ; then
# cannot configure IPX with non-existant utilities
case $IPX in yes|true) ;; *) exit 0 ;; esac
[ -f "$CONFIG" ] || CONFIG=ifcfg-$CONFIG
for frametype in 802.2 802.3 ETHERII SNAP ; do
# Yes, this kind of evaluation is really necessary to do this.
# Welcome to shell programming... No, we were not smoking some
# particularly good floppies while we wrote this. :-)
framename=$(echo $frametype | sed 's/\./_/')
case $(eval echo $(echo \$`echo IPXACTIVE_$framename`)) in
case $(eval echo $(echo \$`echo IPXPRIMARY_$framename`)) in
yes|true) primary=-p ;;
*) primary= ;;
/sbin/ipx_interface add $primary $1 $frametype \
$(eval echo $(echo \$`echo IPXNETNUM_$framename`))
ifup-ipx never starts on boot for <net-device>, if
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-<net-device> has a string BOOTPROTO="dhcp".
Error in /sbin/ifup: string . /etc/sysconfig/network _must_be outside "if"
The path to ipx_* was fixed in the errata initscripts release.
The rest should be fixed in initscripts-4.83, which
will be in the next Raw Hide release.