[CentOS] Lingering dhclient issue

Wed Sep 13 18:06:27 UTC 2006
Alfred von Campe <alfred at 110.net>

I recently reconfigured some CentOS 4.3 systems that were using DHCP  
to use static IP addresses.  At the same time, the systems were moved  
to a new VLAN.  Here is the approximate sequence of events that took  

   1. ifdown eth0
   2. edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 with static IP  
   3. wait for network folks to reconfigure switch
   4. ifup eth0

I may have reversed steps 1 and 2 on some of the systems.

The problem was that the dhclient process didn't go away, and kept  
renewing the old lease.  Our DHCP server is configured to contact the  
DNS server and update the entry for each host it serves.  So the DNS  
entries for these systems were pointing to the old address in the old  
VLAN.  The eth0 interface itself just kept the static IP address for  
which it was configured.  It took me a while to figure out what was  
going on.

My question is, what could I have done to avoid this (other than  
killing the dhclient process)?  Is there a better way to reconfigure  
an interface to use a static address?  I am not interested in  
solutions that involve using a GUI (i.e., only command line solutions).