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Old 07-14-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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SuSE 9.0, Wot no rc.config?

I am setting up a modem, and I want to set up boot time DHCP.

The manufacturer's booklet is fine up to SuSE 7, it says

for SuSE, edit rc.config so that


then shut down and reboot

but in SuSE 9.0 things are very different, there just isn't an rc.config,
and I am not sure if NETCONFIG etc are in any config files at all anymore.

Any ideas?

(The modem manufacturer's helpline have no idea, and say there is no intention
on bringing their instruction booklet up to date.)
Old 07-24-2004, 07:12 PM   #2
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SuSE startup stuff

Well - I'm by no means an expert (as I'm setting up my first SuSE Linux 9.1 system now) but I did find the following information relative to getting services to start when Linux boots. I was trying to get Samba to start when Linux does so my commands are Samba-specific.

First, the technical information, from
"Attention: Please note that from SuSE Linux 8.0 on, the start variables of rc.config are ignored when starting services. All services start only if the corresponding links already exist in the runlevel directories. Links can be created with insserv. For further information, please refer to the man pages:
man insserv
The configuration of the system services takes place by way of variable entries in the files of the /etc/sysconfig directories. When updating, the settings from the file /etc/rc.config.d will be adopted."

Now, the application of this information:
So.... there was a Samba startup file, smb, in the /etc/init.d directory. This smb file had the header information that insserv uses so it was ready to go. To "register" Samba to start when Linux starts I executed the following command from /etc (as root):
insserv -d /etc/init.d/smb
insserv -d /etc/init.d/nmb
(this second line enables windows boxes to see my samba shares).

This "registration" resulted in creation of links in the /etc/init.d/rc5.d and rc3.d directories (since run levels 3 and 5 were specified in the smb file) that pointed to the smb startup script. When I rebooted, voila! Samba (or, technically, smbd and nmbd started up).

Hope that helps.


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