Subject: Re: "syntax" error at startup with route/ifconfig binaries.
To: Shiva Shenoy <>
From: Bill Sommerfeld <>
List: tech-net
Date: 03/14/2001 15:32:34
> I have made some changes to the /sbin/ifconfig and
> /sbin/route sources and replaced the binaries.
> Now when I reboot, I get these synatx errors at
> startup:
> ifconfig: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected

> However if I do a manual "dhclient" after booting up,
> dhclient works fine. route and the ifconfig commands
> work just fine after the bootup.

> Any ideas on what is casuing the "syntax" errors?

An exec() of these files failed, so the shell is falling back to
interpreting the file contents as if they were a shell script.


I'm not sure what might cause these exact symptoms; one (off the wall)
guess is that you didn't statically link the new binaries.  Everything
in src/sbin/* is statically linked due to a directive in
src/sbin/; if you just checked out route and ifconfig and
not sbin/ you'll miss the LDSTATIC?= -static declaration.

					- Bill