Problem - Duplicating IPs

Fajar A. Nugraha list at
Tue Feb 17 12:05:24 CET 2015

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:42 AM, Rui Ribeiro <ruyrybeyro at> wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> Forgive my ignorance, but are you implying DHCP is keeping up with
> accounting data?

The OP asks about IP allocation during radius authentication, not
really related to DHCP. However it is true that both can use the same
module, e.g. rlm_sqlippool. For radius authentication case,
rlm_sqlippool needs information from the NAS to determine whether an
IP is being used or not. For example, see
, look for "stop_clear" and "alive_update".

When rlm_sqlippool allocates duplicate IP, it's possible that the
server is misconfigured, or the NAS is not sending interim update fast
enough so that rlm_sqlippool thinks the IP is "free" while in fact it
is still being used.

>  I tried to write a script to identify users via a web page to give some
> accounting stats and quickly reached the conclusion it was not real time
> (i.e. if done immediately upon login it would often show the previous
> user). When in Meru training they also confirmed me the delay when
> receiving accounting data could be up to 3 minutes for their equipment, if
> I am not wrong, giving the delay from the top of my head.
> So the idea I have is whilst accounting is very useful, it is not exactly
> real-time, correct?

How fast your backing store (e.g. db) is updated depends on a lot of
factors, like how fast the NAS is sending out radius packets, how busy
the db is, and whether you have something like decoupled accounting.
So yes, there can be some delay if you're reading radacct table. The
exact cause, and how long the delay is, depends on your setup. Running
FR in debug mode can usually help identify it.


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