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Old 09-14-2005, 11:04 AM   #1
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Setting the default gateway permanently

Hi there

When installing my system I accidentally set my default gateway to the wrong address, so the first thing i did when i booted up was to delete the old gateway

"route del -net"

and then set a new one .......

"route add default gw 87.x.x.129 netmask eth0"

however, when I reboot, the original (wrong) gateway address comes back again ??

does anybody know which file I edit to set this permanetly ????

any help woul;d be greatly appreciated

Old 09-14-2005, 11:04 AM   #2
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forgot to mention ...Im using Fedora Core 3 as my OS

Last edited by hcclnoodles; 09-14-2005 at 11:17 AM.
Old 09-14-2005, 11:18 AM   #3
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I had this problem at one point and I was able to fix it. Not sure exactly why, but if you go to System Settings --> Server Settings --> Services and look for an item near the top called 'Network Manager', you can make sure it's checked. Mine was not checked, and as soon as I checked it, the problem went away. If it's not checked, check it and make sure to click the Save icon before closing the window.
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sorry, forgot to mention.....I have no X windows ...this is a command line only machine
Old 09-14-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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You can check services from the command line with /sbin/chkconfig.

For what it's worth, I'm using FC4 and I am not running Network Manager and I don't seem to have any problem with it forgetting about my default gateway.
Old 09-26-2005, 04:15 AM   #6
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How to set default gateway


In al versions of RedHat I have had access to, and I believe Fedora Core 3 to be Redhat, the gateway is set in /etc/sysconfig/network which is a plain text file and has a field like


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