I’ve been running Squeeze for awhile, and like most Debian “testing” systems, it has been running fairly smoothly.

However, today I ran into a problem with OpenVZ, the kernel, udev, and sysv-rc.

Seems that some combination of an update or some other, my network interfaces would not start. I believe that this was caused primarily by an update to udev without and update to the kernel, or to sysv-rc.

I’m running apt-get upgrade now, and I’m very hopeful that one of the updates will fix the problem. I’m very glad I had KVMOIP setup, as the server was simply offline, and its about 8 hours away. :-(

Once I was able to access the console, the usual command did nothing:

/etc/init.d/networking restart

Instead, I issued the following commands:

ifconfig eth0 192.168.8.12 netmask 255.255.255.0 up
route add default gw 192.168.8.1 eth0
ifconfig lo 127.0.0.1

Good, back online.

How to Restart Networking in Debian Squeeze

So if networking restart does not work, what does? A little research turns up this:

invoke-rc.d networking restart

Nope, still no luck on why no networking in starting on this machine. It has other problems, so I can’t diagnose at the moment.

The server at least needs a new CMOS battery (CR2302), and after that, I plan to do a complete re-install of Debian Squeeze, including a change from RAID5 to RAID10.

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