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Providing static ip address

Posted on 2004-04-14
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 Hi,

    I have set the dhcp to provide the ip address to my linux machine while installing. Now that i want to give the ip address manually. How can i acheive it.

Many Thanks.
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by:owensleftfoot
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What distro are you using?
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basically that's all you have to do :
ifconfig eth0 xxx.yyy.zzz.ttt netmask 255.255.255.0 up
where xxx.yyy.zzz.ttt is the desired IP address and I assumed a 255.255.255.0 network mask, but you can change it to whatever fits your network.
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Basically kronostm is right , typing ifconfig command will change your ip address and netmask , but you have to obtain at least 3 things via dhcp to access Internet - ip address/mask , default gw & dns server .
You can do it manually by 3 steps :
1. ifconfig as kronostm said ;
2. route del defaul (it is just in case the new address is in the same network but in other subnetwork)
   route add default gw xxx.yyy.zzz.ttz
3. Edit your /etc/resolv.conf with putting at the top row "nameserver www.xxx.yyy.zzz"

But if you want to save the static setting after reboot , you have to edin config files , that are different , depending to your Linux distibution .
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by:mkcharan
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 Hi,

      Thanks for the answers. I was able to change my ip address as desired. But as brabard told it changes after the reboot. so what are the files that i have to edit to keep the ip address permanent.
I have Redhat Linux 9 distribution. And if you need further details i am ready to provide.

 Many Thanks & Regards
 Murugan Kalicharan S
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by:terabiteau
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You will need to modify this file ...

/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

and it should look like this ...

DEVICE=eth0
IPADDR=x.x.x.x
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
ONBOOT=yes

Note that the NETMASK must match what ever your ISP specifies - I have just shown the most common form.

Good luck!
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by:JohnnyLingo
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Don't forget to set a default gateway with a "GATEWAY=" line, either in this file or in /etc/sysconfig/network.  And set the DNS domain name and servers in /etc/resolv.conf, like

search mydomain.com
nameserver 1.2.3.4
nameserver 1.2.4.9

Also, if this is just a workstation or non-critical server why not continue to use DHCP with a reserved IP address?  Makes your life much easier, since if the default GW or DNS servers ever change you will pick up the settings automatically.  This is strongly recommend if you are in a predominately Windows 2000 network, since the hostname will get registered in DNS.
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