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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 isc-dhcp-common.
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 184.108.40.206.6.1 2011-04-21 15:01:23 tomasz Exp $ .\" .\" Copyright (c) 2009-2011 by Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. ("ISC") .\" Copyright (c) 2004,2007 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 her more»
dhclient.leases(5) dhclient.leases(5) NAME dhclient.leases - DHCP client lease database DESCRIPTION The Internet Systems Consortium DHCP client keeps a persis‐ tent database of leases that it has acquired that are still valid. The database is a free-form ASCII file containing one valid declaration per lease. If more more»
dhclient-script(8) dhclient-script(8) NAME dhclient-script more»
dhclient(8) dhclient(8) NAME dhclient - Dynam more»
This package was debianized by Andrew Pollock <email@example.com> on Sun, 02 Mar 2008 21:18:00 -08 more»