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Set up a Static IP address on your Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop

9 December 2008 3,230 views 10 Comments

Have you had trouble setting a static IP address on Ubuntu 8.10? If so this is due to a bug with the Gnome Network Manager. The easiest way to fix this is to uninstall the network manager, and edit your configuration files yourself. To remove the network manager type the following into your terminal:

sudo apt-get remove –purge network-manager

Now you have two files to modify, /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/resolv.conf.

First you need to determine what your netmask and gateway settings should be. Now we will edit /etc/network/interfaces:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

And change your eth0 to reflect:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

You can change your address to something else, just make sure that the address you choose isn’t being used by another machine.

Now edit your /etc/resolv.conf:

sudo nano /etc/resolv.conf

In this file you are going to set your name servers. I recommend using the OpenDNS name servers for faster browsing.


Now all you need to do is restart your networking:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Now you will have a static IP address on your Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex system.

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  • Daniel said:

    Thanks for this! Just one quick thing: I’m lazy and like to copy-and-paste code blocks so I noticed your code for editing the interfaces file has a spelling error: inferfaces instead of interfaces.

  • cJ (author) said:

    Changed.. Thanks

  • egd said:

    How would you go about this in the case of two nicks, eth0 and eth1, where eth0 needs to be static (internal network) and eth1 dynamic assigned by broadband router?

  • cJ (author) said:

    @egd, I haven’t done this, nor do I have a machine to test it on, however, I would setup eth0 as static just like I have shown and then setup eth1 to be: iface eth1 inet DHCP

  • Jacob said:

    Nice Site and thank you very much for the help! I appreciate all the time you have put toward this article! Jacob

  • Chris said:

    great site mate…i’ve tried a few diff combinations but whenever i restart the network, the system stalls on “reconfiguring network interfaces” i’m stuck

  • Brian Stell said:

    I’m curious about the 252 in the netmask:

  • Jeroen said:

    I’m trying to get this work, but when I want to change the interfaces file, nano says it can’t save the changes, because /etc/network/interfaces doesn’t exist?
    I am as noob as a quaker on Mardi Grass, so any help would be welcome…

  • ZZ-Bottom said:

    good stuff my friend, very helpful.

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