Fixing “Failed to bring up eth0” in Ubuntu Virtual Machine

By Lowell Heddings on July 16th, 2010

If you’ve moved an Ubuntu virtual machine or modified it and then suddenly had a problem getting networking to work, you might want to read through this page, because I’ve figured out a workaround to get it working again.

The full error message is this:

eth0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device 
There is already a pid file /var/run/dhclient.eth0.pid with pid 6847440 
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.4 
Copyright 2004-2006 Internet Systems Consortium. 
All rights reserved. 
For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/ 

SIOCSIFADDR: No such device 
eth0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device 
eth0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device 
Bind socket to interface: No such device 
Failed to bring up eth0.

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Run this command to edit the interfaces file, and then change eth0 to eth1.

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

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After you run this command to restart networking, everything should likely start working again:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

You should be able to run a ping command, or use ifconfig -a and everything will be working.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/16/10
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