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Restart of Network Device Fails With Error: "RTNETLINK answers: File exists Failed to bring up ethX" (Doc ID 2193877.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 5.1 to Oracle Linux 7.2 [Release OL5U1 to OL7U2]
Linux x86
Linux x86-64


Unable to bring up ethX device after service network restart:

# service network restart
Shutting down ethX
Bringing up interface ethX: ** RTNETLINK answers: File exists**
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
Failed to bring up ethX

The above error is also visible while renewing DHCP address if the network device is configured as DHCP.

dhclient ethX -r


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