How to explicitly drop dynamic network connection in favor of static one?

Mitch Contla mcontla at
Thu May 24 22:27:16 UTC 2007

On 5/24/07, Danny Colligan <dannycolligan at> wrote:
> Therefore, I changed the entries in
> /etc/networks/interfaces to reflect the static values and did a sudo
> /etc/init.d/networking restart.  This, however, did not make the
> server drop the dynamic connection.  I eventually accomplished this by
> the Windows universal solution (i.e. a reboot) and then the server
> used the static address.
> My question is, what would be the "right way" to do this?  That is,
> explicitly drop the DHCP connection in favor of the static one without
> rebooting?
> Thanks in advance,
> Danny Colligan

Assuming eth0 and correct /etc/network/interfaces

$ sudo ifdown eth0

edit /etc/network/interfaces

$ sudo ifup eth0

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