I have the following scenario on my Centos 6.2 server:

eth0 : has IP

eth0:5 : has IP

When I boot the system, everything is up and working. When I run: ifdown eth0:5 and after ifup eth0:5, I get this error: Error, some other host already uses address After I run ifdown eth0:5, I can ping the host, but I cannot connect to it via ssh (from the same host). Before of ifdown command, I can ping the and connect to it via ssh (from the same host). If I type service network restart, everything is ok again.

Question: Can anyone infer why that behavior?

N.B. I don't have the NetworkManager installed, and I don't have another host with this IP on the LAN (


The result of $arp -na command:

? ( at 00:07:0e:5c:99:26 [ether] on eth0

  • add the output of 'arp -na'. Chances are that another host on the same network has the same address. In this case, change it.
    – Aki
    May 31, 2012 at 11:54
  • @Aki you are right I think, because when I ping the after the ifdown run, the time is much grater than the previous one. Anyway, I changed the gateway of my server to another workable one, and the problem was not anymore. I think there were some routing conflicts. Thanks.
    – artaxerxe
    May 31, 2012 at 12:14
  • RHEL-like distros have arping in their networking scripts which checks if the IP is already used in LAN. This explains the error.
    – jirib
    May 31, 2012 at 21:20

1 Answer 1


There IS another entity using that IP.

You could use nmap -O to find out what it is.

  • Is there a way to force to use already used IP address? Just to take it away from the interface that is using it? I have IPKVM in my nic1 and I wanted to disable it from inside Linux somehow so IPKVM wouldn't hang on public it. When the system is down or restarted the IPKVM would start working again as it's IP address is not overwritten by Linux? Or there maybe other ways?
    – Ilia Ross
    Mar 20, 2013 at 11:32
  • @IliaRostovtsev so that IP is in use on a different interface on your server? What is your nmap-output? What does arp -an|grep "" show? You should not force an IP unless you really know what you are doing.
    – Nils
    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:05
  • Those commands show the presence of interfaces on current IP. Like I mentioned above, I just would like to try to shutdown RMM (IPKMV) that is set via server bios as a static IP address. If I could do that than I would stop IPKVM hanging in public before I restart my system or enter a command. Where could I read about taking an IP address. Or how could I try to do it? I actually thought it wasn't possible?
    – Ilia Ross
    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:32
  • @IliaRostovtsev the MAC-Prefix 00-07-0E is registered to Cisco Systems Inc.. This looks like a cisco-device - possibly a router, whose mac-address you see through eth0 (not ON eth0). Talk to your network-guys and get a free IP for your server.
    – Nils
    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:41

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