Configuration file errors encountered while trying to start/restart DHCP service on Red Hat Satellite.

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Red Hat Satellite 6.x


  • Unable to start dhcpd.service:
● dhcpd.service - DHCPv4 Server Daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/dhcpd.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Wed 2019-05-15 11:31:47 IST; 2h 39min ago
     Docs: man:dhcpd(8)
  Process: 1038 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/dhcpd -f -cf /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf -user dhcpd -group dhcpd --no-pid ens192 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
 Main PID: 1038 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

May 15 11:31:47 dhcpd[1038]: /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf line 12: semicolon expected.
May 15 11:31:47 dhcpd[1038]: option domain-name-servers 192.
May 15 11:31:47 dhcpd[1038]:                                           ^
May 15 11:31:47 dhcpd[1038]: Configuration file errors encountered -- exiting
May 15 11:31:47 dhcpd[1038]: 
May 15 11:31:47 dhcpd[1038]: This version of ISC DHCP is based on the release available
May 15 11:31:47 systemd[1]: dhcpd.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
May 15 11:31:47 systemd[1]: Failed to start DHCPv4 Server Daemon.
May 15 11:31:47 systemd[1]: Unit dhcpd.service entered failed state.
May 15 11:31:47 systemd[1]: dhcpd.service failed.


  • Verify if the syntax to separate IP's for the following parameter at /etc/foreman-installer/scenarios.d/satellite-answers.yaml is correct:
# vi /etc/foreman-installer/scenarios.d/satellite-answers.yaml
dhcp_nameservers: ";"   <<============= Adding a semicolon here fixed the error.
  • Run the installer to read the configuration file again and make desired changes:
# satellite-installer -S satellite

Root Cause

  • A semicolon for the dhcp_nameservers parameter in /etc/foreman-installer/scenarios.d/satellite-answers.yaml was missing.

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