is a DHCP and BOOTP relay agent. It listens for DHCP and BOOTP broadcasts on directly connected
subnets and relays them to DHCP or BOOTP servers elsewhere. It also relays replies from the remote
servers back to partially configured hosts. Once hosts are fully configured they can communicate
directly with their servers and no longer need the services of a relay.
The only required option is at least one DHCP server to relay to. The
simplest way to configure dhcp-helper on a router is just to give the interface to
the network containing the DHCP server with a
option. All the other interfaces present on the machine will then
accept DHCP requests. On a machine which does not have an interface
on the network containing the DHCP server, use a
Specify a DHCP or BOOTP server to relay to. The server may be given as a machine name or
dotted-quad IP address. More than one server may be specified.
Relay to a DHCP or BOOTP server using broadcast via <interface>. This
eliminates the need to give a server address. <interface> is
automatically added to the list of interfaces which will not receive
Specify which local interfaces to listen on for DHCP/BOOTP broadcasts. If no
flags are given all interfaces are used except those specified by
flags and those specified by
Specify which local interfaces to exclude.
Use alternative ports (1067/1068) for the DHCP client and server.
Report the software release version and copyright information.
Debug mode, do not change UID, write a pid-file or go into the background.
Specify an alternate path for dhcp-helper to record its process-id in. Normally /var/run/dhcp-helper.pid.
Specify the userid to which dhcp-helper will change after startup. The daemon must normally be
started as root, but it will drop root
priviledges after startup by changing id to another user. Normally this user is "nobody" but that
can be over-ridden with this switch.
Dhcp-helper requires a 2.2 or later Linux kernel. The "Linux packet
filter" and "packet socket" facilities are
required, which is the chief advantage of this software over the ISC DHCP relay daemon.