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    Unable to ping anything besides localhost on Ubuntu Server 10.04

    Ok I've bee searching forums all day with no luck. I'm in a real mess, although one that might possibly have an easy fix.

    On my network I have a bunch of machines running either Windows or some version of Ubuntu. All of these machines can connect to my router via wireless.

    I also have a machine running Ubuntu Server 10.04.2. This machine does not have a wireless card and is connected directly by ethernet cable to the router.

    All of the above machines have been configured in the router as having static IP addresses.

    Recently, on the Ubuntu Server, after a combination of trying to get KVM to work and also installing 2 additional ethernet cards (which have since been removed) I lost the ability to ping external IP addresses. DNS seemed to be still working (hostnames would resolve when pinging, but ping would fail), and I could ping internal machines with no problems.

    After a bunch of troubleshoting, I also lost the ability to ping the gateway or any internal machines. Not to mention I also stupidly removed dhcp-client (although dhclient wasn't helping before)

    Despite DNS no longer working, resolv.conf looks fine. Routing tables had default routes pointing to the correct gateway for both eth0 and br0 (not sure whether br0 should be involved or not)

    As of the latest update, I'm no longer getting an ipv4 address despite having set a static one up in /etc/network/interfaces

    I tried blacklisting ipv6 in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist but still getting ipv6 addresses only.

    My interfaces are br0, eth0, lo and virbr0. I'm pretty sure br0 ad virbr0 showed up after I installed KVM. eth0 is my ethernet.

    I would just reinstall the whole system, but I'm hesitant to do so since I had backed up so much stuff onto this machine before this happened.

    Currently I'm in the process of trying to set up an offline repository so I can attempt to get dhclient back, but in the meantime, what else can I do to troubleshoot this?

    Is there a recommended config I can try? Or a script/wizard that could automatically configure it?

    Would it be helpful to disable kvm or remove br0/virbr0? (if so, how?)

    Are there any logs I can provide? (copy/paste won't be helpful but maybe I can output to a file and get it onto a usb drive or something)

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    Re: Unable to ping anything besides localhost on Ubuntu Server 10.04

    UPDATE:

    I managed to get dhclient back, but despite getting:

    Code:
    bound to #########.18 renewal in 37260 seconds.
    I still can't ping the gateway #########.1 or any external ip's

    I can still ping localhost.

    And here's the output of all my config (with 1st 3 octets of IP's masked, not sure if I needed to do that, but oh well.

    Code:
    route:
    Kernel IP routing table
    Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
    #########.0     *               255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 eth0
    #########.0     *               255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 br0
    default         #########.1     0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 br0
    default         #########.1     0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 eth0
    
    
    
    resolv.conf:
    nameserver #########.1
    domain home
    search home
    
    
    
    interfaces:
    # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
    # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
    
    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    # The primary network interface
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet static
    	address #########.18
    	netmask 255.255.255.0
    	network #########.0
    	broadcast #########.255
    	gateway #########.1
    
    # Bridged interface for virtual guests
    auto br0
    iface br0 inet dhcp
    bridge_ports eth0
    bridge_fd 9
    bridge_hello 2
    bridge_maxage 12
    bridge_stp off
    
    
    
    
    ifconfig:
    br0       Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 6c:62:6d:ba:35:b6  
              inet addr#########:.18  Bcast:#########.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::6e62:6dff:feba:35b6/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:2746 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:27 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:439181 (439.1 KB)  TX bytes:4866 (4.8 KB)
    
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 6c:62:6d:ba:35:b6  
              inet addr:#########.18  Bcast:#########.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::6e62:6dff:feba:35b6/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:2759 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:125 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:480539 (480.5 KB)  TX bytes:17481 (17.4 KB)
              Interrupt:25 Base address:0xe000 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:50 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:50 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:4732 (4.7 KB)  TX bytes:4732 (4.7 KB)
    
    virbr0    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr c6:be:fe:04:7e:fa  
              inet6 addr: fe80::c4be:feff:fe04:7efa/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:96 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:18718 (18.7 KB)

    Any ideas???

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    Re: Unable to ping anything besides localhost on Ubuntu Server 10.04

    Also, don't have it on me at the moment, but I'm pretty sure my iptables setup is default/standard.

    Any linux network gurus out there that can figure out if I've mistyped something or forgot about a config?

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    Re: Unable to ping anything besides localhost on Ubuntu Server 10.04

    UPDATE:

    So I realized that when I tried to do an nslookup on the server's IP #########.18, I got a timeout. So everything to this point seemed to point to a DNS issue.

    So I decided to first go back to dynamic dhcp.

    I changed /etc/network/interfaces to define eth0 as dhcp.

    I also went into the router's dhcp console and found the lease for .18 and killed it. I also removed the static lease definition for my server's mac address.

    After this I could ping local addresses again, but still no external addresses. The funny thing is since then, I've added the static lease definition and it works the same. Maybe something got corrupted in the dhcp server on the router?

    Anyway, signs point to maybe a routing issue now?

    route -n gives me the same 2 routes for both eth0 and br0.

    Code:
    Kernel IP routing table
    Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
    #########.0      0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 br0
    #########.0      0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 eth0
    0.0.0.0         #########.1      0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 eth0
    0.0.0.0         #########.1      0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 br0
    Any ideas what I might be missing?

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    Re: Unable to ping anything besides localhost on Ubuntu Server 10.04

    UPDATE:

    Ok, so I was about to start messing with the routes and I decided I should try doing a network restart first before doing so. I just did a
    Code:
    /etc/init.d/networking restart
    and now I can ping everything!!!

    The strange thing now is the routing table now looks like this:

    Code:
    Kernel IP routing table
    Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
    #########.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 br0
    0.0.0.0         #########.1     0.0.0.0         UG    100    0        0 br0
    I figured there would have to be routes for eth0 if my ethernet card was to work, but I guess that's not the case.

    If anyone can explain why, that would be fantastic.

    I'm going to make sure rebooting doesn't somehow break it again before marking this thread as solved.
    Last edited by BBBThunda; September 17th, 2011 at 08:26 PM. Reason: Forgot tags

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    Re: Unable to ping anything besides localhost on Ubuntu Server 10.04

    Hi there.
    There is no need to hide your internal LAN addresses.
    My home server "/etc/network/interfaces" file looks like this because I do not have wireless.
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    iface eth0 inet static
    address 192.168.0.111
    netmask 255.255.255.0
    network 192.168.0.0
    broadcast 192.168.0.255
    gateway 192.168.0.1

    I have found that IPv6 causes me a few problems so this is what I have added to the bottom of my "/etc/sysctl.conf" file.

    # Disable IPV6
    net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
    net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1
    net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1

    After rebooting your server, from your server terminal, type

    "cat /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/*/disable_ipv6"

    They should all be 1.

    Hope that helps.

    regards

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