network problems

Chris Buxton cbuxton at
Fri Jan 4 12:50:05 PST 2008


I've build an HLFS (glibc, kernel 2.6) system, with just the following  

- using kernel instead of
- the package user system of package management

I need help figuring out why I can't bring up any network interfaces.

# ip link set eth0 up
RTNETLINK answers: Invalid argument
# ip link set lo up
RTNETLINK answers: Invalid argument
# ls /sys/class/net
eth0    lo

The build host was the LFS live CD, and the architecture is a VMware  
Workstation 5 machine with the buslogic SCSI adaptor instead of LSI  
Logic, running on an Intel Core Duo.

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