How to change IP address?

Hi All,

We have one 10 years' DEC Unix box (brand: Digital). Want to change its IP address. Besides looking the file in


is there any file I need to take care?

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i do not know if they have something like
/etc/hostname.hme0, u have to check that too.

also i remember there used to be netsetup command on the  DEC, if u run it from there u can change the ip address from there and it will do the rest of the job for u.
hostname.de0 is more likely to appear on DEC Alpha, hme is on SUN

Digital aka DEC was bought by Compaq, and network cards business by Intel
Now Compaq is slowly becoming HP with Alpha CPU business going to Intel

check out for missing documents (it redirects to some HP site now)
Hanno P.S.IT Consultant and Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
which OS (Ultrix, BSD ...) ?
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In my experience, one of the best ways to make sure you have *not* missed a file is to actually search for it: something like:
find -L /etc -type f -print0 | xargs -0 fgrep -l -e -e

Note that you *do* need both of these: there are files (such as name server zonefiles) where the addresses are stored in the reverse, format, so make sure you find them too.  If the new address is not in the same subnet, or rather, if the difference is not just in the last octet, you'd better do a search for the starting octets, too:

find -L /etc -type f -print0 | xargs -0 fgrep -l -e 192.168.0 -e 0.168.192

In both commands, the '-l' is a lowercase ell, not an uppercase i.

If you are feeling really adventurous and you do not mind spending another couple of minutes in figuring out files to exclude and such, it would be best to run this search on more than just /etc: the whole / tree might be a bit too much, but if there are configuration files elsewhere (/usr/local/etc, /opt, /usr/share and so on), you might want to run a find/fgrep on those trees too.

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Hanno P.S.IT Consultant and Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
grepping for 192.168.0 will find this string, too
which is NOT an IP address!

Use this instead:
  grep '192\.168\.0\.' `find /etc -type f`

I don't know which UNIX you had in mind, ppentchev, but the -L to find
is not very common, most "find"s don't support it.
Errr... as far as escaping the dots, please note that I used 'fgrep', not 'grep'.  While it is true that 'grep' or 'egrep' would treat the dots as wildcard characters in the regular expression, the 'fgrep' tool will treat its argument as a fixed string, not a regexp, and will not attach any special meaning to the dot character.  A fgrep for 192.168.0 will *not* find u192x168y0bla :)

The use of grep ... `find ..` may be risky, if any of the files or directories should contain spaces in their names.  Consider the following:

[roam@straylight ~/tmp]> mkdir -p foo/a\ b/c
[roam@straylight ~/tmp]> touch foo/d foo/a\ b/c/e
[roam@straylight ~/tmp]> find foo -type f
foo/a b/c/e
[roam@straylight ~/tmp]> ls `find foo -type f`
ls: b/c/e: No such file or directory
ls: foo/a: No such file or directory
[roam@straylight ~/tmp]>

For this reason, the use of find/xargs is generally preferable, especially when using find -print0 | xargs -0, as in:

[roam@straylight ~/tmp]> find foo -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls
foo/a b/c/e     foo/d
[roam@straylight ~/tmp]>

As to the -L option to find, you are right, I should have mentioned that there are some versions of find that do not have it.  It is commonly found on BSD-derived systems, and the reason I used it instead of 'find -type f' was to make sure that symbolic links are also searched.  Consider the case of, say, /etc/hosts being symlinked to /cfg/local/etc/hosts; a 'find /etc -type f' command would *not* "find" the /etc/hosts symbolic link, while it would definitely need attention by the original poster.  True, symlinking /etc/hosts is an extreme example, but there are many cases when there *are* indeed symlinks even within /etc.
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