Subject: Re: NetBSD-1.4: DHCP setup
To: Michael Richardson <>
From: Ted Lemon <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/21/1999 01:33:00
>   What if you have been official assigned an IP address on a network
> which *does* have a DHCP server, but which can't know my ethernet
> address ahead of time.... I ran into this problem on the Interop
> network last week. It kept assigning me a different IP address, which
> was a problem since my IPsec gateway back at the office was expecting
> me to come from a specific IP address that I was assigned ahead of
> time.

Then you fix the server, or you hack the client to automatically
update your IPsec gateway when your address changes.

>   The major problem is that I want to use DHCLIENT to autoconfigure
> what network I'm on, and there is some higher level policy that I want
> to program and forget rather than pick when I boot/resume.

As long as you don't violate the protocol, that's fine.   You have to
remember that the client doesn't control the address allocation
process.   If you try to put control of that process on the client,
things _will_ break.