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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

ADSL and DNS Debugging

In my setup Internet connections are sometimes apparently slow and sometimes fail DNS lookup. The problem turned out to be because the default /etc/resolv.conf used the ADSL Modem/Router as the DNS (and this file was updated automatically at around 9:30am each day to):


Changing it back to:


fixes the DNS problems. The router seems to correctly identify the DNS itself ( but somewhere things don't work. This is overridden in /etc/dhclient.conf by adding the two lines:

send host-name "athens.togaware.com";
supersede domain-name-servers;

Perhaps the router is smart enough to do local DNS with athens mapped appropriately? If so, then don't need the static (but possibly changing) entries in /etc/hosts.

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