I moved a centos server to a new IP and now it's stuck on ntpdate synch during boot. I just need it to boot once so I can assign the new IP. Going back to the old IP is not an option right now. CTL C AND CTL D don't work. Please help.

  • Disconnect the network cable? – Nathan C Mar 24 '14 at 16:44
  • tried that already – xivix Mar 24 '14 at 16:46
  • nevermind ... long timer ... it finally gave up and continued ... thanks – xivix Mar 24 '14 at 16:47
  • I posted an answer that may help if you run into this in the future. Some services will hang forever. – Nathan C Mar 24 '14 at 16:49

When I had this problem with a *nix box (changed IP schemes, old IP was no longer valid) the only way I could get around hanging services at boot time was to start it in single-user mode and hand-modify the interfaces file (specifically /etc/sysconfig/network/network-scripts/ ..going from memory) then rebooting.

You can boot into single user mode by pressing e in grub to modify the run line (the longest one) and adding single to the end of it.

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