Don Zauker's picture


I'm facing a strange network related issue, I have a TK LAMP installed as VM on a ESX system, sometimes when I reboot the VM the network interface goes crazy:

non-zero exitcode (1) for command: ifdown 'eth0'

/etc/network/interfaces:14: duplicated option

ifdown: couldn't read interface file


Usually network files is:

# remove the above line if you edit this file
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
    address xx.xx.xx.xx
    netmask xx.xx.xx.xx
    gateway xx.xx.xx.xx
    dns-nameservers xx.xx.xx.xx.xx.
When it goes mad I found another line:
iface eth1 inet dhcp
but eth1 doesn't exist at all !
To fix I have to force dhcp on eth0 and reboot.
This Vm machine was installed rom CD and not moved from other virtual environment.
DjK's picture

I had the same issue, came out of nowhere on a restart of the Turnkey LAMP server on ESXi.

If you look in the file "/etc/network/interfaces" you will probably have a duplicate entry for your eth0 adapter.  I had one entry which was my static address but further down the file I also had another entry for eth0 set as dhcp.

I removed the dhcp duplicate entry against 'eth0' then issued ifup eth0 and it came up fine.

Yannatos's picture

Don Zauker    Thank you for your help. My VM had the same problem. Thanks a lot

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