a more simple question?

Sam Hartman hartmans at mit.edu
Tue Mar 5 02:06:37 UTC 2013

>>>>> "Tim" == Tim Chase <blinux.list at thechases.com> writes:

    >> if we just connect the network card to the new dsl modem and boot
    >> up the Linux box, will it load the drivers it may need for that
    >> hardware automatically?

    Tim> In theory, it should already have drivers for your network card
    Tim> and be configured to (1) notice that the network cable has been
    Tim> plugged in, and (2) default to using DHCP to talk to your
    Tim> router.

I can't think of anything on a console-mode default squeeze install that
will  do dhcp automatically if network wasn't present during the
On an install, /etc/network/interfaces is typically populated by  a
component of the installer that copies the network config of the
installer to the running system.

The most reliable way to do this may be to create a file
/etc/network/interfaces with the following contents:

iface lo inet loopback
auto lo
iface eth0 inet dhcp
auto eth0

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