Working With the Boot Scripts to Bring Up Network

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Fri Jul 23 16:25:57 PDT 2010

Dan McGhee wrote:
> This is one of those "somewhere between LFS and BLFS" topics, but since 
> I'm using the blfs-bootscripts, I thought I'd post here.
> The overall indication is that the bootscripts return FAIL when trying 
> to bring up the network on boot.  And before this I get "SIOCSIFADDR:  
> device does not exist" or something like that.  This error message 
> generates when /etc/sysconfig/network-devices/ifup runs--regardless of 
> when it runs.  

/etc/sysconfig/network-devices/ifup is not designed to run with 
wireless.  It really wants a standard wired eth0 type of network interface.

Wireless is a difficult topic.  You have wlan0.  Not all wireless nics 
have the same device.   If you are configuring a laptop, getting it to 
connect to different access points requires a fair amount of work.

It's been months since I turned on my laptop, but I don't recommend 
running wireless without encryption.  This requires wireless-tools and 

Yout might want to take a look at

I doubt I'll respond any more to this thread as I don't think I can 
contribute more than the above.

   -- Bruce

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