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Old 09-20-2003, 04:56 AM   #1
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curious error msg on startup

Whenever I start up redhat 9 on my laptop - i get a message:

bringing up interface eth0:

and the computer freezes for about 1 minute. Then I get an error message afterwards:

determining ip info for eh0...... no chain/target/match by that name iptables - failed
iptables: bad rule (doesn't match an existing chain?)

Any ideas anyone? I have no idea what this means since I am very new to linux. It appears to boot up ok afterwards though -it's just annoying having to wait

Thanks for any help
Old 09-20-2003, 06:09 AM   #2
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youve got a typo btw it should say 'determining ip info for eth0

at a guess youve configured your network interface for dhcp but its not plugged into a dhcp server so it times out waiting for an address, then when iptables tries to set up the firewall it cant because the interface has no address. you'll need to ask a redhat person where to correct it though because ive never configured network interfaces in redhat
Old 09-20-2003, 06:59 AM   #3
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Ok.....I hadn't had this problem in the past, so it would not be appropriate for me to suggest you any solution.

However, if the delay causes you pain, just remove eth0 from startup.

Once you boot into RH9 give the command


This will display a list of options for you to configure

Select 'Services' from the list by pressing spacebar to select the option.

Locate 'eth0' in the services and if it is marked with an asterisk(*), place your cursor between the two brackets [ ] and press spacebar once. this will remove eth0 from startup. Press Ok and then 'quit' to come out of the program.

Next time when you boot your system, you can manually activate eth0 from

System Tools - > Network Device Control

You can edit the eth0 settings frm the above mentioned tool. If you use a static IP Address, fill in the information about IP Address, Subnet Mask, DNS Server and Gateway....

However, if thats not the case, I guess you'll need help from someone else.

Hope, you find this info useful.


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