Custom ifupdown hooks

The debops.ifupdown Ansible role can configure custom ifupdown hooks in other software to configure services related to network interfaces. The list of hooks can be found in the ifupdown__custom_hooks variable, which is a list of YAML dictionaries with specific parameters:


Required. Name of the hook, used as an identifier.


Optional. Path of a Jinja2 template included with the debops.ifupdown role relative to the templates/ directory, which will be used to generate the hook script. The hook script will be placed at the same path on the target host.


Optional. Override the path of the Jinja2 template (the .j2 extension needs to be specified).


Optional. Override the path of the generated hook on the remote host (path needs to start with /).


Optional. Set the file mode to use, by default 0755.


Optional. If not specified or present, the hook will be generated. If absent, the hook will be removed.

The filter-dhcp-options hook

This hook is a Bourne shell (/bin/sh) script that is sourced by the dhclient-script(8) command executed by the dhclient program during interface configuration via DHCP. The hook allows to filter and ignore received DHCP options per network interface, which can be useful on systems connected to multiple networks with each one providing DHCP services. A list of DHCP options can be found in the dhcp-options(5) manual page.

By default the hook does not filter any DHCP options. To configure it, add the dhcp_ignore parameter in the ifupdown__interfaces interface configuration. The parameter is a string or list of variables used by the dhclient-script command to represent DHCP options.


Consider configuration of a host connected to two networks, br0 (internal network) and br1 (external network via a VLAN). By default the Debian Installer sets up only the internal network connection which is used for host configuration and management. The external connection is configured later, via a VLAN which cannot be automatically configured by the Debian Installer. Both networks are maintained using DHCP servers, each providing a default route through its network.

After the host is configured, you want to switch the default route from the internal network to the external network to allow public access to the services provided by this host. To do that, the default route from the internal DHCP server needs to be ignored, in which case the external network will take precedence.

Additionally, the external DHCP server provides information about nameservers that don't know about the internal network. You want to ignore the external nameservers and use the ones provided by the internal network to resolve queries, which lets you access other internal hosts via their hostnames.


  - iface: 'br0'
    comment: 'Internal network'
    type:  'bridge'
    inet:  'dhcp'
    inet6: 'auto'
    bridge_ports: 'eth0'
    dhcp_ignore: 'new_routers'

  - iface: 'br1'
    comment: 'External network'
    type:  'bridge'
    inet:  'dhcp'
    inet6: 'auto'
    bridge_ports: 'eth1'
    dhcp_ignore: 'new_domain_name_servers'

Just after installation the host will have only the internal network connection set up, used for configuration. When Ansible applies the debops.ifupdown configuration on the host, the default route to the external network will replace the default route to the internal network, however existing internal connections will work as usual. Any existing connections to the external network via internal router might be interrupted before the new route takes over.

The network configuration should be preserved across reboots - even though both of the DHCP servers send relevant configuration for default routes and nameservers, the DHCP options are filtered on the client side.