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I have a pretty standard Debian 5.0.2 system (2.6.26-2-amd64 kernel), with a 4-core Phenom processor. Everything has been working great for years, and suddenly during a reboot, I got an error message about statd failing.

Indeed, I didn't have any network interface.

I was able to bring up eth0 with:

ifconfig eth0 up

But there was no ipv4 address. I added a static address with:

ifconfig eth0

and, then brought up eth0, and restarted networking. [This is the address my router has reserved and forwards to for this server, so that's why I'm not using DHCP]. At least I had an interface again. I can ssh into the machine, and Apache is serving pages again. So it appears that the networking card, cable, and router are all still working well.

For good measure, I restarted portmap.

Now, at least, I get the following:

# ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:24:8c:c2:03:2c
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::224:8cff:fec2:32c/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:2131 errors:0 dropped:49777272750 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:377 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:151268 (147.7 KiB)  TX bytes:61530 (60.0 KiB)
          Interrupt:254 Base address:0x2000

Well, when I try to restart nfs-common, I again get a "failed!" message:

# /etc/init.d/nfs-common restart
Stopping NFS common utilities: statd.
Starting NFS common utilities: statd failed!

Also, I still cannot ping from the machine, receiving an unknown host error.

# ping
ping: unknown host

And I cannot ssh off the machine (receiving a "name or service not known error"), but I can ssh into the machine just fine.

Finally, when I reboot, I have to manually add the IP address again. This, despite the fact that the correct info is still in the interfaces file:

# cat /etc/network/interfaces

# --------------
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
#allow-hotplug eth0
#iface eth0 inet dhcp

# Static address
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

I can't think of anything that might have changed to cause this problem. I searched my root history to verify that I hadn't been doing anything.

This did follow, however, a hard shut-down due to a prolonged power failure. I don't think there was a surge. All the drives checked fine on reboot. Just the networking seemed messed up.

Any help or hints you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

-- Madeleine.

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Instead of auto eth0 please try allow-hotplug eth0.

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Janne, I made the change, but it didn't change any of the issues above [i.e., loading nfs-common still fails, must manually add IP address, etc.] – Madeleine P. Vincent Jul 30 '13 at 4:34

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