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I just installed Debian 7.1 and configured a static IP address. But when I reboot and log-in, the network is not running. If I run ifup eth0, I get this message: Stopping Avahi mDNS/DNS-SD Daemon: avahi-daemon. and then the network starts and works as expected. Why it doesn't start automatically?

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Make sure you have the interface set to start automatically at boot in /etc/network/interfaces:

auto eth2
allow-hotplug eth2
iface eth2 inet dhcp
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I had commented allow-hotplug eth0 when adding auto eth0. Obviously I need both lines. –  RegedUser00x Jun 27 '13 at 15:40

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