I have some trouble setting-up the network interface using the static IP configuration. I run ubuntu 12.04 kernel 3.11.0-22 with the back-ports enabled.

I followed these instructions from help.ubuntu.com but there seems to exist some conflict between the GUI approach (NetworkManager) and the command line approach.

$ sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

$ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

I than try to ping for example google.com ping -c 3 www.google.com the response is that the host is unreachable. The icon on the top right of the desktop says: wired network disconnected.

If I work using the GUI approach (Edit Connections and so on...) all works great.

Can same one explain to me where I wrong?

$ ifconfig eth0
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 90:e6:ba:07:4a:77  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::92e6:baff:fe07:4a77/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:39619 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:18520 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:19030895 (19.0 MB)  TX bytes:2768769 (2.7 MB)

$ netstat -rn
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags   MSS Window  irtt Iface   U         0 0          0 eth0     U         0 0          0 eth0
  • Is the word geteway misspelled? It is gateway. – chili555 Jun 4 '14 at 20:46

Your gateway is outside of your network

address netmask implies network from -

as you can see geteway falls outside. Check the subnet on your gateway and assign ip within that range

  • Sorry, typing ERROR, I edited the post with the right geteway – Riccardo Jun 4 '14 at 13:47
  • whatdoes ifconfig -a return? – meccooll Jun 4 '14 at 13:53
  • Looks good. Can you get to your gateway? ping if so maybe it's your dns? ping google at ping – meccooll Jun 4 '14 at 14:51
  • ping looks good while if I ping I get: network is ureachable!! The thing I do not understand is why if I do all these operation via GUI approach all works fine??? – Riccardo Jun 4 '14 at 15:07
  • Why are you pinging you're setting the gateway at (10 in the last octet) – meccooll Jun 4 '14 at 15:24

You have to remove the network manager

sudo apt-get remove network-manager

Editor's note:

For the love of all that's holy, DO NOT RUN THIS COMMAND!

  • DO NOT EVER DO THIS – Kaz Wolfe Sep 10 '14 at 5:54

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