[Bug 39249] Re: (Dapper, Hardy) can't create /var/lib/dhcp3/dhclient.eth0.leases: Permission denied

Phil M unmobile+ubuntu at gmail.com
Sun Mar 14 19:19:49 GMT 2010

I just noticed this on a Hardy server installation while investigating a
network outage. It's apparently unrelated, since this bug has been
appearing at least a week (according to syslog), while problems only
cropped up today.

I have dhcp3-client version 3.0.6.dfsg-1ubuntu9.1 installed.

Syslog entries:
Mar 14 13:12:13 style dhclient: DHCPREQUEST of <null address> on eth0 to port 67
Mar 14 13:12:13 style dhclient: DHCPACK of from
Mar 14 13:12:13 style dhclient: can't create /var/lib/dhcp3/dhclient.eth0.leases: Permission denied
Mar 14 13:12:13 style dhclient: bound to -- renewal in 42886 seconds.

$ cat /etc/network/interfaces 
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
$ cat /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf
request subnet-mask, broadcast-address, time-offset, routers, domain-name,    domain-name-servers, host-name, ntp-servers;
$ ls -ld /var/lib/dhcp3/
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2009-10-05 18:18 /var/lib/dhcp3/
$ ls -l /var/lib/dhcp3/
total 0
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 2009-10-05 18:18 dhclient.leases

I'm not going to try to reproduce this, because this is a production
system and attempts might be disruptive to users. I'm happy to provide
more information on request.

(Dapper, Hardy) can't create /var/lib/dhcp3/dhclient.eth0.leases: Permission denied
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