udhcpc: Wrong lease time is passed to the --script (PATCH)

Karel Dolezal karel.dolezal at ui.com
Thu Jul 16 08:12:08 UTC 2020

Hi Markus,

Thanks for looking at my suggestion. I'd like to explain my point of
view better:

It would be fairly easy to mimick the said "minimum lease time" check
in the script. However, that introduces a problem of duplicated code
which is hard to maintain. Whenever busybox updated this minimum, the
script could break for some users. For example, a recent change moved
this min value from 16s to 122s.


In my view, the unexpected/mismatched behavior is already there, as
the udhcpc "says A and does B". It would be just fine if both udhcpc
and the script used the original lease time provided by the server
(30s). However, udhcpc does not. (probably because it honors the
rfc2131 rule for minimum interval of 60s before attempting renewal)

In systems where the --script option is used, udhcpc is not making
system changes itself, it's only a "middleman", and so it becomes
problematic if it "lies" about what it's doing (it postpones address
renewal (T1) to 61s, instead of using 15s). It currently requires
special considerations from the user.

> else it will introduce an unexpected behavior.

In case you are not convinced, can you please elaborate on that
statement? What are the use cases for the current solution? Why would
the user/script be interested in a value which is not respected by

Thanks for your time.


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