[TriLUG] dhcpcd'ing from onboard NIC on laptop

Joseph Mack NA3T jmack at wm7d.net
Wed Jun 11 10:42:35 EDT 2008

I have one of these new fangled laptops with an onboard 
ethernet NIC. I'm used to pcmcia nics which dhcpcd when you 
insert the card.

The on-board nic could sit there for a long time without an 
ethernet cable being plugged in, but when I do plug in a 
cable I'd like it to look for an IP. How do I arrange this? 
udev doesn't monitor for the cable being plugged in/carrier 
(that I know). Do I have mii-tool watch the cable in an 
endless loop? (the machine is dual boot and WinXP dhcpcds as 
soon as the cable is plugged in). Do I just run a script by 
hand whenever I plug the cable in?


Thanks Joe

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