[svlug] how to detect ethernet cable is plugged in

svlug@flygirl.com svlug at flygirl.com
Thu May 1 05:53:47 PDT 2003

On Wed, Apr 30, 2003 at 10:54:39PM -0700, HvR wrote:
> my window boxes (yes i  have to have a few for my work) detect when the
> ethernet cable is plugged in or out, how would one detect this under
> linux? any clues?

While still at VA I threw a small program together for this very
reason.  Since we were using DHCP, the laptop would take forever
to boot (trying to get a dhcp address) if there were no cable
plugged in.

(The C code is available at http://www.flygirl.com/sense_link.c)

I added the following to my rc.local:

if /home/lisa/bin/sense_link; then
  /sbin/dhcpcd eth0
  /sbin/ifconfig eth0 down

So, if it senses an ethernet connection it tries to get an
address, if not, it downs the interface and saves the time.

Hope this helps...


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