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I don't know how to use a static IP address on a Debian machine. Can anyone help?

I have the static IP address

This is what I've tried:

$ cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.bak
$ sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

And replaced:

iface eth0 inet dhcp

with the following text:

iface eth0 inet static

(NB: I have no idea if those gateway/network/broadcast addresses are correct - can anyone advise?)

When I restart networking:

$ /etc/init.d/networking restart

I see:

Running /etc/init.d/networking restart is deprecated because it may not enable again some interfaces ... (warning).
Reconfiguring network interfaces...SIOCDELRT: No such process

And it hangs forever.

Can anyone help?

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Verify that your netmask and gateway is correct. As we don't know where you got that address from, we can not really tell you how. –  Turbo J May 4 '11 at 12:43
Thanks. How do I verify this? I got the static IP from my hosting provider: there's just a button saying 'Get static IP' and it gave me "". Nothing else! –  simon May 4 '11 at 13:45
You're setting up a PC to be a router? What are you doing exactly? Remember that you've left a lot of network topology questions unanswered here. –  Warren P May 10 '11 at 16:04

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These two lines:


are only necessary if you want to act as a router. To act as network peer you should only have address, gateway and netmask.

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It seems SIOCDLRT is some kind of error removing a route from the routing table. So my guess is that it's a routing problem. If the user really wants to do routing, they better explain what they want to do a lot better than "I want to set up a static IP". –  Warren P May 10 '11 at 16:07

I haven't worked with Debian for about six months, but perhaps you could try the following:

$ /etc/init.d/networking stop
$ /etc/init.d/networking start
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