Subject: Re: "syntax" error at startup with route/ifconfig binaries.
To: Shiva Shenoy <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-net
Date: 03/14/2001 12:35:55
On Wed, 14 Mar 2001, Shiva Shenoy wrote:

> 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
> route: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected

Sounds like your tool chain is out of sync with your kernel. These types
of messages often occur when the kernel can't guess what kind of file a
binary is - it ends up guessing it's a shell script, which then gets
confused by the binary data. :-)

Take care,