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Old 12-01-2005, 09:39 PM   #1
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gateway setting ./network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 and ./network

What is the deal with having multiple places to change the gateway?

Please explain the difference in putting Gateway in the interface scripts and in the network file!

What happens if the network file GATEWAY is different than the scripts GATEWAY???



Old 04-29-2012, 04:27 AM   #2
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'/etc/sysconfig/network' file contains general information for all interfaces on your system. Like


However this file can be also used as a configuration file for eth0 [instead of ifcfg-eth0 when there is only one interface [NIC] on your system. For example you can remove the 'IPADDR' , 'NETMASK' & 'GATEWAY' entries from ifcfg-eth0 and add it to 'network' file

# cat /etc/sysconfig/network


After restarting the network, the above IP, netmask & gateway will be assigned to eth0.

But when you have more than one interface card, the individual interface card information's will be recorded in the file ifcfg-ethX in directory '/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts' instead. So if you have more than one NIC, then information for each NIC's will appear in separate files in the directory '/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts' with names of the form 'ifcfg-eth0' for eth0 'ifcfg-eth1' for eth1... etc


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