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Token Ring setup on RH 5.0

Posted on 1998-08-24
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Here is the two part question.

I've used Linux before but I'm new in RH. The first question is how do I configure network in RH. Is there any command line like "netconfig"?

The other question is how do I set my token ring to work under RH 5.0 I heard that I need to recompile the kernel.
How to do it anyway?
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A two-part question has more than a one-part answer.  I just configured token ring for my Red Hat 5.0 installation.  If you have a copy of Metro-X (it comes on the RedHat 5.0 CD) you can use the X Network Manager to set it up.  Otherwise, there are a series of files you need to edit in /etc.  Edit them as follows:

file: conf.modules add the following lines:

alias tr0 ibmtr

file: hosts

add any hosts you want to have resolved BEFORE using a DNS nameserver...IMPORTANT.  make sure your DNS nameserver is here, as well as any other primary file servers.

file: resolv.conf

search: <domain_names> ex: acme.com dns.acme.com (etc...)
nameserver: IP Address (190.5.30.130)

I don't think I left any of them out.

Manually, you can say "modprobe ibmtr" and it will initialize your card.  Then you just need to activate the Interface defined in X windows, and you're all set.

--seth
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It didn't work but I will give you the point for your answer. I will also increase my point if you could help me out. I now reinstall the RH5.0 and when I reach the network configuration. I selected Token Ring and then a message box appear, it said "Error I can't find the device anywhere in your system". What should I do?
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When I was faced with this problem, I checked my card connections, and the card wasn't seated properly.  However, that is probably not the case here.  Check to make sure anyway that the card is seated properly, the connection to your token-ring network is active, and that your card can commmunicate with the network on another platform.  A good way to do this, is to create a DOS BOOT DISK and see if your network can talk there...  

Regarding a 'netconfig' command -- one doesn't exist.  The X-Windows networking setup is a really good utility.  Also, if you can get X windows to work, I strongly recommend doing it that way.  

Other than that, I'm not sure of the top of my head.  Keep me informed if you've checked all those things and you're still having problems.

Oh, one more thing, what kind of TR card are you using?  On Red Hat's homepage (http://www.redhat.com) they have a list of supported cards (I think) -- not all TR cards work.  The best card I've found is the IBM Auto 16/4 TR NIC -- the 16/4 Turbo cards from IBM also work if you run them in Auto 16/4 Mode.  Keep me updated.
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