Forcing static address in 12.04

Karl Auer kauer at
Wed Jun 10 17:10:56 UTC 2015

On Wed, 2015-06-10 at 22:01 +0900, Joel Rees wrote:
> > address
> interesting address.

Not very interesting at all. It looks perfectly fine for a static IP
address on a /24 network.

> > netmask
> > network
> Network unreachable. Yes.

Nope, not at all. That combination will work just fine, though the
network statement is misleading and unnecessary.

> Try for the network.

Best would be to omit it altogether. Modern Linux doesn't need it and as
far as I know just ignores it. I can't actually remember ever using it.

> > broadcast
> > gateway
> Yes. Wonderful. Hit the gateway to broadcast. That will definitely
> make your network experience enjoyable.

Sarcasm doesn't help anyone, and this error has already been pointed out
and (hopefully) fixed.

> No. Don't do that. Use something sane for the broadcast address, like,
> oh, I dunno, maybe or

The broadcast address can usually be left out altogether. Linux will
work it out for you. In this particular case, if it were to be kept, it
should be

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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