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Weird problem. Looked through the similar posts, found one like it, but it was suggested that firewall is the problem. Tried turning off firewall, didn't fix problem.
Here it is...
Had DNS set up working fine. Firefox got onto the web A-0K. Took a power glitch, reset the system. Now Firefox can't find anything unless I give it explicit IP addresses.
So, suspecting DNS (and using Google as an example site), I type:
google.com has address 188.8.131.52
google.com has address 184.108.40.206
google.com has address 220.127.116.11
google.com has address 18.104.22.168
google.com has address 22.214.171.124
google.com has address 126.96.36.199
google.com mail is handled by 10 google.com.s9a2.psmtp.com.
google.com mail is handled by 10 google.com.s9b1.psmtp.com.
google.com mail is handled by 10 google.com.s9b2.psmtp.com.
google.com mail is handled by 10 google.com.s9a1.psmtp.com.
Then, I try (from the screwed up machine)...
And I get...
ping: unknown host google.com
...whereas if I try this on a different (un-screwed-up) computer, I get...
PING google.com (188.8.131.52) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from yo-in-f99.1e100.net (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=1 ttl=243 time=31.9 ms
64 bytes from yo-in-f99.1e100.net (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=2 ttl=243 time=32.6 ms
64 bytes from yo-in-f99.1e100.net (18.104.22.168): icmp_seq=3 ttl=243 time=39.5 ms
At this point, I'm thinking it's not a Firefox problem.
Back onto my screwed up machine. I can do a dig to google, and that seems to work out okay...
;; ANSWER SECTION:
google.com. 112 IN A 22.214.171.124
google.com. 112 IN A 126.96.36.199
google.com. 112 IN A 188.8.131.52
google.com. 112 IN A 184.108.40.206
google.com. 112 IN A 220.127.116.11
google.com. 112 IN A 18.104.22.168
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
google.com. 172611 IN NS ns3.google.com.
google.com. 172611 IN NS ns1.google.com.
google.com. 172611 IN NS ns2.google.com.
google.com. 172611 IN NS ns4.google.com.
;; Query time: 1 msec
;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1)
;; WHEN: Sat Dec 12 10:48:36 2009
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 196
...obviously, nslookup works great, too. When I do a /etc/init.d/named status, I get this...
CPUs found: 1
worker threads: 1
number of zones: 15
debug level: 0
xfers running: 0
xfers deferred: 0
soa queries in progress: 0
query logging is OFF
recursive clients: 0/0/1000
tcp clients: 0/100
server is up and running
named (pid 3495) is running...
... can't see anything in there to tip me off (maybe someone else can).
I'm wondering if one of the files that supports the DNS cache is fouled and that's what's screwing me up, but can't seem to find a really good explanation for DNS that doesn't take me a week to unravel. I'd be content to simply uninstall and re-install, but I'm not sure what to re-install.
Can anybody out there help? I'd rather not, but I may have to wipe my machine and re-install. Yuk! ...but, I'll do what I have to do.