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    DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    I hope you are all well. Here's my problem (I'll explain how I got here):
    I was running ubuntu 10.04, and I got Mullvad , a VPN service because it is anonymous and cheap.
    Mullvad VPN service installed perfectly on 10.04 and I have used it for about 1-2 months, without an issue.
    Finally, in January I installed Ubuntu 12.04 via upgrade from 10.04, leaving mullvad installed. Everything still worked properly.
    Recently, however, with no changes to the software (as far as I know other than Ubuntu updates, Mullvad wasn't working correctly. It would say it was connected, but without the green checkmark indicating this that was previously displayed in 12.04 and 10.04. I could still browse the internet..until about 2 days ago.
    My subscription expired, and I started up Mullvad (but without the option to block connections on failure, because I was not a subscriber). I still left Mullvad installed however. Later, I restarted my computer, and this time did not start Mullvad/VPN at all.
    I could no longer access domain names, except for by typing in IP addresses of sites. I searched via startpage, and I found a couple articles. Apparently, I was supposed to move /etc/resolvconf.
    I did this and now cannot access DNS.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Major Problem With DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN


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    Re: Major Problem With DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    The post you linked to, I also authored, but could not reply to you directly.
    Here's my edit and comments from there.

    EDIT: I followed the post here and did this: sudo mv /etc/resolv.conf /etc/backup.resolv.conf I did this and now cannot access DNS. Thank you in advance.

    Hi, Thank you for the advice. I did this and the terminal gave the following error: resolvconf:Error: /etc/resolv.conf isn't a symlink, not doing anything. Please help.

    Thank you for the advice @jdthood. I followed your advice, and the terminal gave me an error: "resolvconf:Error:/etc/resolv.conf isn't a symlink, not doing anything." I think It has to do with what I did. I edited my question, because I had used the following code (which was missing from the original post): "sudo mv /etc/resolv.conf /etc/backup.resolv.conf" Thank you!

    -3wheels1life

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    Re: Major Problem With DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    If you could help me with this after reading what I just wrote, I would really appreciate it!

    -Thank you...

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    Re: Major Problem With DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    Are you on a wired connection or wireless? DHCP or static?

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    Re: Major Problem With DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    DHCP wireless sometimes, wired other times

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    Re: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    To restore the symbolic link at resolv.conf, do "sudo ln -nsf ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf".

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    Re: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    I'm away from my desktop for a while, but when I'm back I'll let you know if that worked for me.
    Thank you.

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    Re: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 and VPN

    It works now! Thank you for all your help!

    By the way, does Mullvad still have this problem on the new version?

    https://www.mullvad.net/en/news.php

    https://www.mullvad.net/en/download.php

    Thank you everyone!!
    Last edited by 3wheels1life; April 8th, 2013 at 08:31 PM. Reason: question, thanking everyone

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