[lug] Debian App DNS Issues

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Wed Oct 29 14:52:03 MDT 2008

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John Starkey wrote:
> In both Etch and Lenny I've had issues with only a few apps not being
> able to perform DNS lookups. To date I think it's only been Eclipse
> based apps, Firefox and Thunderbird. If I add an entry to my hosts file
> they work fine. Iceweasel and Icedove and any other app out of the
> repositories work fine.
> A few months ago I ran across a post that mentioned a package that fixed
> the problem.  I swore I bookmarked the post but I can't find it
> anywhere. Does anyone happen to know what that package is? Google has
> nothing in any of the terms I can think of to search with.

I had a problem recently on a Debian server with very slow SSH
connection start and it turned out to be caused by mdns (multicast DNS)
which is provided by the Avahi daemon.  In my case the problem was Avahi
failing a lookup and timing out, but possibly you have the mdns line in
your /etc/nsswitch.conf but uninstalled Avahi?

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