eth0 not getting configured correctly after upgrade.

I recently upgraded an old droplet from 16.04 ->18.04 ->20.04. The first upgrade went fine but something broke networking after the second update. The droplet no-longer sets its IPV4 address/gateway correctly after a reboot. If I manually configured it using the recovery console everything works fine but it’s obviously broken again on next reboot.

In other words I need to run the following commands before I can use the droplet.

ifconfig eth0 <ipv4 address> netmask up
ip route add default via <gateway>

I thought it might be an issue with cloud-init since I think that is meant to handle configuring the droplet and there was an exception logged in /var/log/cloud-init.log:

2023-09-15 23:16:30,093 -[DEBUG]: Getting data from <class 'cloudinit.sources.DataSourceDigitalOcean.DataSourceDigitalOcean'> failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/sources/", line 1018, in find_source
    if s.update_metadata_if_supported(
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/sources/", line 904, in update_metadata_if_supported
    result = self.get_data()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/sources/", line 48, in get_data
    (is_do, droplet_id) = self._get_sysinfo()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/sources/", line 45, in _get_sysinfo
    return do_helper.read_sysinfo()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/sources/helpers/", line 194, in read_sysinfo
    vendor_name = util.read_dmi_data("system-manufacturer")
AttributeError: module 'cloudinit.util' has no attribute 'read_dmi_data'
2023-09-15 23:16:30,096 -[DEBUG]: No local datasource found

I tried upgrading cloud-init to the latest version but that didn’t seem to do anything. Didn’t even resolve the error message.

Any ideas? Should I just cut my loses and copy the data over to a new droplet?

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September 16, 2023
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I think it’s possible it is related to cloud-init, yes.

First, try reconfiguring it:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure cloud-init

It’s possible that there’s stale data or configurations present from the older version of the OS. You can clean these up:

sudo cloud-init clean

Then reboot the droplet to see if it resolves the networking issue.

If that doesn’t worrk, we can try something else.

DigitalOcean uses a specific cloud-init configuration for its droplets. Check the /etc/netplan/ directory for any .yaml configuration files and make sure they are correct. It should look something like:

  version: 2
      dhcp4: true

If you make any changes, apply them using:

sudo netplan apply

Then, reboot to see if this resolves the issue.

If none of that work, I’ll recommend contacting DigitalOcean Support. They should be able to assist you with the network issue.

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