View Full Version : [ubuntu] Cannot ping or resolve local host names

January 3rd, 2009, 08:09 AM
I've relatively new to linux, so be patient with me.

My system can't resolve local host names, of which are mostly windows machines. If I ping from terminal I get "unknown host"

However, using "net lookup" - it resolves perfectly? Strange?

Any idea what the problem is?

Stephen Plank
New Zealand

September 17th, 2009, 01:15 PM
1) Make sure your /etc/resolv.conf contains directions to a nameserver :
e.g. : http://linux.derkeiler.com/Mailing-Lists/Ubuntu/2007-07/msg01664.html
2) Make sure you have dns listed before NOT FOUND in /etc/nsswitch.conf
i.e. : hosts: files mdns4_minimal dns [NOTFOUND=return] mdns4
via : https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/58386