Network startup failure
Posted on 1997-06-23
I need information needed to get networking started.
<BR>plowing for almost a week through the rampant info files [not only
<BR>man, but now also info, howto, doc, and whatever else are the
<BR>'standards'], I still have no working network.
<P> The system is a Pentium200Pro, 64MB, lots of diskspace, running
<BR>Linux 2.0.18 (10 sep 1996). Apparently, the card is recognized;
<BR> "BOOT_IMAGE=linux ro root=1641 ether=9,0x300,eth0 lp=0x278,5,0x378,7"
<BR>which follows the lilo.conf line and fits the reported values by
<BR>Win-95 on the same hardware. The card is an Intel EtherPro10
in a ISA
<BR>type slot and runs corectly under Win-95. According to NET-3
info, this is a
<P> When trying /proc/net/dev, etc., only the "lo" is reported, not
<BR>"eth0". Info in the various /etc/host... files appears correct:
<BR>has "127.0.0.1 loopback", also lines with "A.B.C.x otherboxes" for
<BR>other machines [none of which runs Linux yet] on the local net, and
<BR>finally for this machine a line "A.B.C.6 jatayu localhost", which fits
<BR>the name and network address in HOSTNAME, hosts.equiv, etc.
<P> When looking in the startup '/var/log/messages' file, several
<BR>correct lines are found, e.g. NET3.035 loaded, with protocols ICMP,
<BR>UDP, TCP; also IPX 0.34.
<BR> Just before switching the runlevel (inittab), the error line:
<BR>" jatayu modprobe: Can't locate module netmask "
<BR>is reported; and when running "modprobe -c" manually, it tells 'eth0
<P> Similarly, running manually "ifconfig eth0 ... up" with the needed
<BR>info, it fails and reports that
<BR> "SIOCSIFADDR no such device" was found, wherever
that word came
<BR>from; this could not be grepped out of any of the information files.
<P> Most likely, it is only a 'minor' item missing in one of the config
<BR>files, as well as from the documentation. Does anyone know where
<BR>to look for the missing link? Thanks for looking into this!