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Old 10-19-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Question Static Route Gets Ignored

On a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.4 (Tikanga) system,
I set up a static route that unfortunately seems to get ignored.

I set up the static route in the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0 as follows: via

I've restarted the network service and also rebooted a few times.

Hereís my current routing table:

Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface UGH 0 0 0 eth0 * U 0 0 0 eth0 * U 0 0 0 eth0
default UG 0 0 0 eth0

I am able to ping However, when I do traceroute, it appears that the traffic goes through the default gateway instead of our requested specific gateway

[root@colt-vm-4019c ~]# traceroute -n
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 0.511 ms 0.768 ms 0.753 ms
2 3.466 ms 3.452 ms 3.434 ms
3 * * *

I can ping both and

In the route-eth0 file, Iíve also tried using the alternate syntax with ADDRESS0=<IP address> etc, but it didnít work any better. I also tried setting a more general route of via

But this also didnít help.

The System / Administration / Network tool previously showed a spurious extra NIC called eth0.bak in addition to eth0. I deleted the eth0.bak and rebooted, but this also didn't help. Currently, eth0 is the only NIC on the system.

Thanks in advance for any workarounds or diagnostic tips.
Old 10-20-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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I've used iptables snat/dnat prerouting/postrouting rules to do this before. Google/man page it.
Old 10-29-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
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Thanks fuubar2003. I belatedly discovered that this was a spurious problem. The traceroute command was not reporting the first hop that the packet took. When I ran tshark on the desired device, I was able to see that the packet was really arriving as expected. Live and learn, I guess.
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