dhcpcd not killed

David Olsson davidolsson at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 4 10:36:58 PDT 2007

This got lost, I think.  So here it is again.

On my BLFS 6.2 system, the SysVinit script

    /etc/rc.d/init.d/network stop

does not kill dhcpcd.  Tracing it to the script


it turns out that if the dhcp lease time is infinite, the script believes that dhcpcd exited after startup.  Such is not the case, and I don't see in the dhcpcd docs that it should be true.  Is anyone familiar with these scripts?  The question is, shall we eliminate the check for infinite lease time, and kill the running dhcpcd.

Why hasn't anyone noticed this, you ask?  Because shutdown sends dhcpcd a terminate signal and dhcpcd is well-behaved, that being what it expects.  However, if you

    telinit 1


    telinit 3

you get a nasty error message that interrupts the SysVinit sequence and tells you you'd better track down the problem and report it.  So I did.

Additional Point:  If the scripts DO kill dhcpcd, they do it with

    dhcpcd -k

which does NOT seem to be the recommended way to stop dhcpcd.  With '-k' dhcpcd destroys the ip info cache, so that next time it will request a new ip address, rather than first trying to reestablish the old one.  dhcpcd EXPECTS to receive a terminate (SIGTERM) signal, in which case the cache is preserved.  It looks to me like if we do not set DHCP_STOP in

    /etc/sysconfig/network-devices/ifconfig.eth0/dhcpcd  (in my case)

then killproc() will do the job for us, sending SIGTERM instead of invoking the -k option.

Okay.  Whew.  Let me know if I should submit a patch or something.  Actually I don't know yet who creates the ifconfig.<dev>/dhcpcd file, but I can probably figure it out.

David Olsson
Easthampton, MA

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