CentOS – Job for network.service failed

Ugh. Ok, so something I came across today that I figured might help someone else out in the future. I’m setting up a new CentOS 7 box and while I was doing that I kept having intermittent network connectivity issues.  For some reason I decided NetworkManager needed to get out of my way… so I went about the process of disabling all that nonsense and went back to doing network config the way I know how. I set a reservation in DHCP (temporary), and set ifcfg-eth0 as a static IP along with all the other relevant pieces to get the interface manually configured.

Problem was I couldn’t get the network to come up. Here was my first issue:

Naturally I follow directions and ran “systemctl status network.service -l” and was greeted with:


Relevant bits highlighted. Now I’m pretty sure nothing is using that address since I got it from DHCP … so a bit of Googling led me to this link. The explanation here is that when ifup-eth runs it does an arping to determine if anything is using that address, and if anything replies then it exists the script. The offending section is this:

 if ! arping -q -c 2 -w 3 -D -I ${REALDEVICE} ${IPADDR} ; then
    net_log $"Error, some other host already uses address ${IPADDR}."
    exit 1

So, I ran the same thing from the command line and sure enough I got a response. Interesting. Well long story short here, you have two options:

  1. Bypass that section of the ifup-eth script (/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup-eth)
  2. Find who owns that address. (IP scanner/nslookup/whatever)

In my case, I found it as an undocumented secondary IP on a box sitting under a desk that someone had setup and didn’t roll into production yet. Why they statically assigned it from an address in the DHCP scope instead of something outside the scope is a topic for another discussion.