DHCP (Was Re: [nycbug-talk] WWDC representation for NYCBUG)

Kit Halsted kit
Mon Jun 21 11:35:40 EDT 2004

At 11:12 AM -0400 6/21/04, Bob Ippolito wrote:
>On Jun 21, 2004, at 11:06 AM, mikel king wrote:
>>dhcp...For some reason I have had a lot of trouble with dhcp on 
>>10.2 and 10.3...workstations intermittently pickup and drop their 
>>settings. Most of my clients are mixed pc and mac, and it is always 
>>the macs giving trouble with the dhcp services. I gotten into the 
>>habit of using fixed ip on the macs cause they just refuse to 
>This is probably because whichever dhcp client OS X uses can cause 
>some DHCP daemons to act retarded.  As far as I know, it's actually 
>a bug in your DHCP server.  I know the problem fixes itself whenever 
>I restart dhcpd.

I haven't run across DHCP problems under OS X yet, but I definitely 
remember when DHCP broke with the upgrade to Mac OS 8.(5? 6?). Back 
then, at least, it was not a client bug. It was also not a server 
bug. It was a ^%*^$*# RFC bug. Both the client & the server were 
perfectly standards-compliant, but they didn't actually work 
together. Too many "mays" where there should've been "musts" or 

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