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On CentOS 5 I manually added a static route to make all packets to one specific IP address use the second network interface:

ip route add 123.456.7.89/32 via dev eth1

Is there a way to make this change be persistent on reboot without adding it to the startup script /etc/rc.d/rc.local?

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migrated from Feb 1 '10 at 13:13

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Yes. Add the line:

123.456.7.89/32 via dev eth1

to /etc/sysconfig/netowrk-scripts/route-eth1 as shown here.

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thanks, much appreciated. I did a lot of googling but it seems I skip this one, way too many tabs opened :) – Dragos Feb 1 '10 at 13:09

While this answer works, the current preferred format for /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-ethX is:


Be sure to increment the value of the numeral when you add a route.

Unfortunately, the new preferred format of GATEWAYX:/ADDRESSx:/NETMASKx:/ makes it harder to programmatically add static routes via the older format of via It can be worked around, but adds unnecessary complications to scripting routes.

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