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Old 03-13-2002, 12:32 PM   #1
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booting: need faster timeout for eth0 and nfs

Dear ,

I'm running Redhat 7.2 on a compaq 1700 laptop.

Normally I boot from my office, and life is wonderful. It inits eth0 properly, gets an IP address through dhcp, and then mounts some other machine's disks over nfs.

BUT, when I'm away from an ethernet connection and try to boot, linux spends forever trying to bring up eth0 (order 3 minutes)... which is too long.

When I have an ethernet connection, but I'm not at work, it brings up eth0 properly, then spends forever trying to mount the nfs disks, which aren't available.

QUESTION: how do I tell redhat to timeout much, much faster when it brings up eth0 and tries to mount nfs disks??

(I know I can turn off eth0 at boot using /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0, but this isn't what I want..
. I want it to try eth0, and if it fails, to timeout after 15 seconds or so, and move on)

Thanks in advance -
Old 03-18-2002, 09:08 PM   #2
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i also want to know the answer..

anyone can help us?

thank you
Old 03-18-2002, 11:48 PM   #3
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edit /sbin/ifup

put the -t ?? after /sbin/dhcpcd ${DHCPCDARGS}

like this

elif /sbin/dhcpcd ${DHCPCDARGS} -t 10 ${DEVICE} ; then

if you are using pump then you will need to put it in a file and set it up like this

if /sbin/pump ${PUMPARGS} -c /etc/pump-eth0.conf -i ${DEVICE} ; then

there are many options to them look at the man pages

the pump-eth0.conf file would have this

timeout 10

this would timeout in ten seconds


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