Questions about CentOS-7

1. I used to use the boot.iso image to do network installations. Where has it gone?

Starting with EL6, upstream decided to remove boot.iso from the images/ directory and ship it as a separate, stand alone media. Due to the large size of this image, we have decided to do the same. The network installation disk image is named netinstall.iso and can now be found only in the isos/ directory, together with all other installation images.

2. Why does my Ethernet not work unless I log in and explicitly enable it?

.. and why are the interface names all "messed up" compared to prior practice? This violates the Unix rule of "not breaking expectations".

Upstream has changed the default configuration to use NetworkManager and interfaces are (somewhat inexplicably in the case of Ethernet) not enabled by default. This can be worked around at install time where you have the possibility to enable your network card at the main installer screen, where the installer asks for your language/keyboard/storage devices/software installation. On this screen is a button labeled "Network & Hostname". Click that button, select the Ethernet connection you want to edit and click the "Off"-Button on the top right corner. Assuming DHCP is available you will see the connection in question getting a network address. If you have to configure your network settings by hand, press the "Configure" button, enter the desired values and save them. You probably have to disable and re-enable the just configured NIC for the changes to take affect. Now press "Done" and that's it. You can also make these changes with NetworkManager (System; Preferences; Network Connections or right click on the little network icon in the notification area and Edit Connections...) after the installation is complete.

If you are not using NetworkManager, the same result can be obtained by editing the configuration file for the network interface ( normally /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 ) and changing: ONBOOT=no to ONBOOT=yes Some setups seem to also require the addition of a line: BOOTPROTO=dhcp where a DHCP setup is in play; Static IP setups would take: BOOTPROTO=static of course

The ONBOOT edit may be performed (as root) and assuming the relevant device is eth0:

# cd /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ 
# sed -i -e 's@^ONBOOT="no@ONBOOT="yes@' ifcfg-eth0

As to "breaking expectations": The foregoing example uses a 'traditionally' named network device of: eth0 Other device names are also possible, including for example: em1 or p3p1 and such. Like it or not, this change in approach in interface naming is the future path for Linux. It was previewed in in the upstream's "testing distribution". See also the materials at: Dell's writeup and a blog post from an insider there.

3. And what if I want the old naming back?

These are the necessary steps:

4. But I just want it to work and to hand-edit the configuration files.

Many installations do not require the complexity of the NetworkManager tool, and use hand-edited configuration files instead. Here is a sample non NetworkManager DHCP interface configuration:

[root@example ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
[root@none ~]#

and a sample 'static assignment' configuration file:

[username@hostname]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
#   the GATEWAY is sometimes in: /etc/sysconfig/network

and then common items such as hostname and DNS servers may optionally be placed in:

[username@hostname]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network
## DNS2=

The information there is 'optional' because a DHCP server can hand out these values. The initscripts are able to figure out hostname and so forth when a well-populated DNS environment exists, from PTR records and such, but some users need to manage such details manually. For more information, the full initscripts documentation files may be listed thus:

rpm -qd initscripts 

even in a environment lacking the man manual reading package and its dependencies.

5. How do I disable IPv6?

Upstream employee Daniel Walsh recommends not disabling the ipv6 module, as that can cause issues with SELinux and other components, but adding the following to /etc/sysctl.conf:

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1

To disable in the running system:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/disable_ipv6
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/default/disable_ipv6


sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6=1
sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6=1

Additional note #1: If problems with X forwarding are encountered on systems with IPv6 disabled, edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and make either of the following changes:

(1) Change the line

#AddressFamily any


AddressFamily inet

(inet is ipv4 only; inet6 is ipv6 only)


(2) Remove the hash mark (#) in front of the line


Then restart ssh.

Additional note #2: If problems with starting postfix are encountered on systems with IPv6 disabled, either

(1) edit /etc/postfix/ and comment out the localhost part of the config and use ipv4 loopback.

#inet_interfaces = localhost
inet_interfaces =


(2) take out the ipv6 localhost from /etc/hosts .

Additional Note #3 : To disable RPCBIND ipv6 (rpcbind, rpc.mountd, prc.statd) remark out the udp6 and tcp6 lines in /etc/netconfig:

udp        tpi_clts      v     inet     udp     -       -
tcp        tpi_cots_ord  v     inet     tcp     -       -
#udp6       tpi_clts      v     inet6    udp     -       -
#tcp6       tpi_cots_ord  v     inet6    tcp     -       -
rawip      tpi_raw       -     inet      -      -       -
local      tpi_cots_ord  -     loopback  -      -       -
unix       tpi_cots_ord  -     loopback  -      -       -

6. From where can I download the 32-bit version?

The 32-bit release of CentOS 7 can be downloaded from

7. What have you done with ifconfig/netstat?

The ifconfig and netstat utilities have been marked as deprecated in the man pages for CentOS 5 and 6 for nearly a decade and Redhat made the decision to no longer install the net-tools package by default in CentOS 7. One reason to switch is that ifconfig does not show all details of ip addresses assigned to interfaces - use the ip command instead. The replacement utilities are ss and ip. If you really really need ifconfig and netstat back then you can yum install net-tools.

FAQ/CentOS7 (last edited 2016-03-18 09:13:17 by TrevorHemsley)