[lug] Cannot connect to the Internet with a web browser when trying to use an URL -- solved!
sanders at montanalinux.org
Wed Oct 9 10:06:39 MDT 2002
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I have nothing in the default/ directory. Is it possible you chose the high
security setting? I did a medium with custom added ports. I don't run X on
this server either so...
>>> BOF wrote:
>>>> I am running RH 8.0 (Pyscho) and cannot connect to the Internet with
>>>> a web browser when trying to use an URL.
>>>> When using Netscape, the error message is (for example when trying
>>>> to reach Red Hat)
>>>> www.redhat.com could not be found
>>>> When using Konquerer, the message is
>>>> hostname lookup failure
>>>> I can load the Redhat site if I give its IP address (220.127.116.11)
>>>> in either browser. I can also ping varous sites using either the URL
>>>> or the IP address.
>>>> My /etc/resolv.conf file is
>>>> search pcisys.net
>>>> nameserver 18.104.22.168
>>>> Which is the same file that works with my RH 7.3 system.
>>>> It seems that there is something not working with the nameserver
>>>> lookup but I can not figure it out.
>>>> Any suggestions?
> Well, after further investigation, I've managed to solve this problem.
> It turns out to be a matter of permissions. I logged on as root, and was
> able to connect with the web browser. I also noticed that an error
> message "hostname not found" that occurred when loading X as a user also
> did not occur. This gave me a clue.
> After much wandering around the hard disk, I found that RH 8.0
> apparently installs copies of /etc/hosts and /etc/resolv.conf in a
> directory etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default and uses these
> instead of the ones in /etc to determine hostname and nameserver
> information (or at least my copy does). Once I changed the permissions
> on them from 600 to 644, the problems disappeared.
> Now, what I am curious about is that this setup does not occur on RH7.3.
> The directory etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default is there but is
> empty. So is this "feature" new to RH 8.0, and is using the files here
> to override the files in /etc normal, or is it just my system and
> somehow I have screwed it up? I would think that if this was deliberate,
> than the files between /etc and
> etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default would be links, not distinct
> Would anyone with RH8.0 take a moment and see if
> etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default exists on their system and
> what is in it, if anything.
> To all those who took the time to help, including offering a lesson on
> the difference between an URL and a FQDN, my thanx.
> And to those who designed Red Hat 8.0 (Psycho), if this is a deliberate
> feature, a resounding Bronx cheer for the three days lost over this issue.
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