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Linux: Embedded Development by Chris Simmonds, Alex González, Alexandru Vaduva

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Configuring the network

Next, let's look at some basic network configurations so that we can communicate with the outside world. I am assuming that there is an Ethernet interface, eth0, and that we only need a simple IP v4 configuration.

These examples use the network utilities that are part of BusyBox, and are sufficient for a simple use case, using the old-but-reliable ifup and ifdown programs. You can read the man pages on both for more details. The main network configuration is stored in /etc/network/interfaces. You will need to create these directories in the staging directory:

etc/network
etc/network/if-pre-up.d
etc/network/if-up.d
var/run

For a static IP address, etc/network/interfaces would look like this:

auto lo iface lo inet loopback auto ...

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