View Full Version : [xubuntu] [SOLVED] Resolving LAN host names

May 10th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Hi guys, I'm running into a bit of a problem with Xubuntu 8.04. I can't seem to be able to resolve the host names for my other machines on the network. I have no problem resolving external hosts (like ubuntuforums.org), or pinging the local machines directly by IP address, but resolving by name doesn't work:

foosoft@tsundere:~$ ping wintermute
ping: unknown host wintermute
foosoft@tsundere:~$ ping wintermute.local
ping: unknown host wintermute.local

Any ideas what could be up? I know it's not a hardware problem because this works when I'm in Windows.

May 11th, 2008, 06:02 AM
What's in your /etc/resolv.conf file?

May 11th, 2008, 06:47 AM
Here we go:

# Modified_by: NetworkManager
# Process: /usr/bin/NetworkManager
# Process_id: 5213

search hsd1.wa.comcast.net.

nameserver being the IP of my router, Comcast being my ISP of course

May 11th, 2008, 06:53 AM
The .local sparked a memory - see if this (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=773851)link helps - very first item looks like your problem.

May 11th, 2008, 07:22 AM
That's not it unfortunately, nothing apparent wrong with my hosts file.

May 11th, 2008, 07:40 PM
I found a solution that allows me to ping the Windows comps! I installed the packages samba, smbfs, smbclient, winbind and edited /etc/nsswitch.conf to include "wins" under the "hosts:" line. I can resolve all my LAN comps now :)

May 13th, 2008, 03:11 AM
Glad you found it... I keep forgetting about installing smbfs. I sometimes remember the winbind package, but then forget about editing /etc/nsswitch.conf.
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