[Bug 1010045] Re: 12.04 hangs on shutdown deconfiguring network interfaces

Stéphane Graber stgraber at stgraber.org
Thu Sep 6 19:11:22 UTC 2012

It seems unlikely that upstart or resolvconf would be the problem as these are on all systems and I've never seen this issue myself.
Maybe the postfix hook is doing something weird...

Can you perhaps modify /etc/init.d/networking to call ifdown with the
"-v" parameter that might show where it's getting stuck during the

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  12.04 hangs on shutdown deconfiguring network interfaces

Status in “ifupdown” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  When shutting down the 12.04 guest, it hangs on "Deconfiguring network
  interfaces...", when there are multiple networkcards.

  The system is going down for halt NOW!
   * Stopping web server apache2                                           [ OK ]  ... waiting 
   * Stopping Bacula File daemon...                                        [ OK ] 
  Checking for running unattended-upgrades: 
   * Running nssldap-update-ignoreusers...                                 [ OK ] 
   * Stopping Name Service Cache Daemon nscd                               [ OK ] 
   * Stopping Postfix Mail Transport Agent postfix                         [ OK ] 
   * Stopping ftp server proftpd                                           [ OK ] 
   * Asking all remaining processes to terminate...                        [ OK ] 
   * All processes ended within 2 seconds....                              [ OK ] 
  rpcbind: rpcbind terminating on signal. Restart with "rpcbind -w"
   * Deconfiguring network interfaces...                                          


  We only have this issue when a vm has multiple network cards assigned.
  When we do a manual "/etc/init.d/network stop; halt", the vm shuts down like expected.

  dpkg -l | grep ifupdown
  ii  ifupdown                         0.7~beta2ubuntu8              high level tools to configure network interfaces

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