Adding Ethernet to kernel without Network support configured
I'm new to this forum (and Linux in general), so please let me know if I'm leaving information out.
I'm trying to add Ethernet support into a system running Mandrake 9.2, kernel 2.4.22. Network Device Support is not configured, and the Packet socket and Packet filtering options aren't either.
I have setup eth0
1.) verified that modules.conf aliases the device
alias eth0 8139too
2.) added ifcfg-eth0 to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts
3.) Installed dhclient
I can ping localhost, but I am unable to obtain an ip address. When I try to bring eth0 up ('ifup eth0'), I get an error message indicating I need to configure Packet socket and Packet filtering in the config file. From my reading, dhcpcd requires these as well.
I want to avoid rebuilding the kernel, as there are V&V consequences for doing so.
I would like to understand what Packet Socket and Packet Filtering really provide (I'm not a networking guy), and if there is a way around rebuilding the kernel. If so,
what is it, if not, why not?
if I need to post additional information about the system, please let me know.
Thank you in advance.