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I get the following error at early boot stage:

ipconfig: eth0: SIOCGIFINDEX: No such device
ipconfig: no devices to configure
/scripts/init-premount/dropbear: .: line 32: can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf

I have uninstalled/purged dropbear, but I still get the error. As I had the complete tar.bz backup of my system taken soon after the installation, when I restored it, the error didn't show up. But when the system got a kernel update, again the same problem occurred. I am using Ubuntu 10.04 desktop edition on Asus Eeepc 1005px (Atom N450).

Edit 1: There were no scripts in the /scripts/init-premount/ directory. There was a dropbear directory in the /initramfs-tools/etc/ directory. I removed it and did: sudo update-initramfs -u But again that dropbear directory appeared.

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If there is a leftover dropbear script in /etc/initramfs-tools/scripts/init-premount/ you can try to remove it, followed by running sudo update-initramfs, and see if that helps.

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Also check /usr/share/initramfs-tools/ and subdirectories for mentions of dropbear. –  Kees Cook Nov 7 '10 at 3:47
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I had the same system behaviour as originally posted, only with Kernel 2.6.32-31. With 2.6.32-30 there were no messages while booting. I removed all dropbear scripts carefully but the error messages with Kernel 2.6.32-31 persisted. Very strange kind of stuff.

But forgot sudo update-initramfs -u
Thats it for complete deinstallation of dropbear.

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Welcome to AU - from your wording we cannot be sure that this is a working solution. Please specify your answer. –  Mateng Nov 22 '12 at 19:35
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