When we start up my Raspberry pi 2, we get the following error:

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When the RPI is rebooted, we are getting an IP and we are able to surf on the internet, so we don't know what the error exactly means. We are connected with a WPA2-enterprise network.

This is my interfaces file:

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

And this is my wpa_supplicant.conf file:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

        ssid="Here comes my ssid"
        identity="Here comes my identity"
        password="here comes my password"

How to solve this issue?

  • 3
    Your RaspberryPi is configured to start a DHCP server for your network (dhcpd is a DHCP server daemon - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHCPD) but it can't run because you've already configured the network interfaces (/etc/network/interfaces) it would be providing services to to be DHCP clients (i.e. to obtain addresses).
    – Kinnectus
    Jun 5 '15 at 9:38
  • To solve this problem I used the solution descripted here. superuser.com/questions/924166/…
    – user499866
    Sep 21 '15 at 11:06

The fact that you get an IP address obtained via DHCP means that there is another DHCP client active on your Raspberry. You can check how many clients are installed by running the following command:

dpkg -l | grep dhcp

In my case (Raspberry Pi 2 image from 5th May) I got:

ii  dhcpcd5         6.7.1-1+rpi1                 armhf        DHCPv4, IPv6RA and DHCPv6 client with IPv4LL support
ii  isc-dhcp-client 4.2.2.dfsg.1-5+deb70u6       armhf        ISC DHCP client
ii  isc-dhcp-common 4.2.2.dfsg.1-5+deb70u6       armhf        common files used by all the isc-dhcp* packages

So obviously there are two DHCP clients installed (dhcpcd5 and isc-dhcp-client). DHCPCD detects the existence of the another client and does not start, showing the error. To get rid of the error you can remove the dhcpcd client:

apt-get remove dhcpcd5

i had similar issue i was able to fixed running these commands:

sudo systemctl disable dhcpcd.service
sudo systemctl reboot

the issue seems to be that is that dhcpcd.service is being installed in some update and is not compatible with /etc/network/interfaces


The DHCPD daemon allows the Linux your RaspberryPi is running to be a DHCP server for your network.

In most cases, however, you will already have a DHCP server running on your network - usually your ISP-provided modem/router.

Your RaspberryPi is trying to start the DHCPD daemon but because you have pre-configured the OS (by editing /etc/network/interfaces) to tell the network interfaces to be DHCP clients (i.e. to obtain an IP address rather than distribute) the DHCPD daemon is failing to start (by design). This is normal behaviour.

The only thing I should mention is that because you don't want your RaspberryPi to be a DHCP server on your network I would recommend you disable the daemon so that it doesn't start (thus use resources) and doesn't display the error you are experiencing - See this answer: https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/22297/disabling-dhcp-server.

  • I understand what you are trying to say, I found the next entries, but can't seem to get them disabled.. prntscr.com/7de4p7
    – Vanch
    Jun 5 '15 at 11:50
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    According to 'man dhcpd', it's a DHCP client, not a server... DHCPCD(8) BSD System Manager's Manual DHCPCD(8) NAME dhcpcd — a DHCP client
    – klokop
    Oct 25 '15 at 7:38
  • 1
    -1 (sorry!) since this answer is completely wrong. Question relates to DHCPCD, not DHCPD. Easy mistake to make. Mar 20 '16 at 4:01

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