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Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a protocol like BOOTP (actually dhcpd includes much of the functionality of bootpd). It gives client machines "leases" for IP addresses and can automatically set their network configuration. If your machine depends on DHCP (especially likely if it's a workstation on a large network, or a laptop, or attached to a cable modem), keep this or another DHCP client installed.
Extra documentation can be found in the package dhcp3-common.
ISC DHCP for Debian ------------------- This is the Debian-packaged version of the Internet Software Consortium (ISC) DHCP package. This release has full support for operation on multiple interfaces and needs a 2.2.x or later kernel; the 2.0.x kernels are _not_ supported. The sources of the ISC DHCP package produce the following Debian packages: dhcp3-common: Files used by all the dhcp package more»
dhcp3-client (3.1.0-3) unstable; urgency=low ISC DHCP 3.1 started supporting a domain-search option, so as of this release, the domain-name option now determines the domain option in /etc/resolv.conf and the domain-search option determines the search option in /etc/resolv.conf Putting multiple domains in the domain-name option was a hack to manipulate the domain search list in more»
.\" $Id: dhclient.conf.5,v 220.127.116.11 2009/09/01 20:32:27 dhankins Exp $ .\" .\" Copyright (c) 2004,2007,2009 by Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. ("ISC") .\" Copyright (c) 1996-2003 by Internet Software Consortium .\" .\" Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any .\" purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above .\" copyright notice and this per more»
dhclient.leases(5) dhclient.leases(5) NAME dhclient.leases more»
dhclient-script(8) dhclient-script(8) NAME dhclient-script more»
dhclient(8) dhclient(8) NAME dhclient - Dynam more»
dhcp3 (3.1.3-2ubuntu3.4) lucid-security; urgency=low * debian/dhclient-script.linux: Explicitly s more»
This package was debianized by Andrew Pollock <email@example.com> on Sun, 02 Mar 2008 21:18:00 -08 more»