[Bug 995407] Re: Even if network is fully configured upstart waits for network configuration up to three minutes

Gary Houston ghouston at arglist.com
Mon Sep 17 00:14:20 UTC 2012

I just had to edit /etc/init/failsafe.conf to remove all the sleeps.
Otherwise, my system will sometimes take an extra few minutes to boot,
for no good reason.

My setup is a bit unusual, but not too bizarre. I have a router with a
single ethernet connection which is connected to my main computer. I
have a second network card which connects it to a second computer (used
by my partner).  I have a script that enables NAT forwarding to the 2nd
computer (which itself isn't very user-friendly to configure, but that's
a different story) but it doesn't play well with network-manager so I've
uninstalled that latter and configured the network manually in

Now I find that everthing works fine if I switch on both computers
together, which is the usual case. However if I switch on mine only, it
hangs in failsafe.conf. Editing failsafe.conf seemed like the best
solution, but it's not very elegant.

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  Even if network is fully configured upstart waits for network
  configuration up to three minutes

Status in “upstart” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Even if network is fully configured, upstart waits up to three minutes
  for network configuration. In between, some services are started
  (sshd), while others are not (autofs). This leads to situations, where
  users may login, not connected to there home, but to "/".

  In tune this may lead to unexpected security breaches.

  upstart shall have an other way detecting networking is up as it does
  now, depending on NetworkManager purely. Servers do not need
  NetworkManager: they have, in almost all cases statically assigned

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
  Package: upstart 1.3-0ubuntu12
  Uname: Linux 3.2.16 x86_64
  ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Sun May  6 11:45:33 2012
  InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
   PATH=(custom, user)
  SourcePackage: upstart
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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