So. I need a dhcp server on my ubuntu server. I've found two options, and some saying it's the same thing?

Could someone explain the difference, maybe even pros and cons? If it's not the same.

  • What is the two option?
    – penreturns
    Oct 13, 2012 at 13:52

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The package dhcp3-server was renamed some time ago to isc-dhcp-server.

apt-cache search dhcp.-server
isc-dhcp-server - ISC DHCP server for automatic IP address assignment
dhcp3-server - ISC DHCP server (transitional package)

Installing either dhcp3-server or isc-dhcp-server will have the same result.

apt-case show dhcp3-server |grep ^Depends
Depends: isc-dhcp-server
  • Any differences in editing it's options? As in, file in /etc/init.d or any config file named differently? Oct 13, 2012 at 18:02
  • dhcp3-server has no own content, it is a meta package. A difference in the name of config files occurs (/etc/dhcp3 --> /etc/dhcp), but this are like migrating a major version of a package (e.g. squid --> squid3). Oct 14, 2012 at 7:16

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