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Old 05-15-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
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/etc/resolv.conf to symbolic link

I use a sagem 800 USB modem to connect to the internet. All is well except when the connection is brought up (either at reboot or when I manually do this) my /etc/resolv.conf is is removed and instead a symbol link is created:

/etc/resolv.conf -> /var/run/ppp/resolv.conf

The problem is that at startup /var/run/ppp/resolv.conf is empty or does not exist so my internet does not start automatically. I have to restore my /etc/resolv.conf manually.

I have tried:
1) to grep for a script that is doing this;
2) to remove write permission from this file;
3) to create my own symbolic link;

None of the above make any difference.

I have two questions:

1) Anyone know why or how this is happening so I can stop it?
2) What would normally populate files such as /var/run/ppp/resolv.conf so that I may give up trying to stop the linking and just use it instead?

Old 05-15-2007, 05:51 PM   #2
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I haven't used Fedora Core but in general there is a system administration application to set up ppp connections. When you run this application it will ask you if you want to replace the local /etc/resolv.conf with information obtained through DHCP when the ppp connection is established. You should be able to fix your problem by running this application and configuring the ppp daemon to keep the existing /etc/resolv.conf instead of replacing it.
Old 05-25-2007, 06:28 AM   #3
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I think you are referring to kppp. I used the option to manually use the DNS servers and specified the correct servers but this made no difference.

What did make a difference was running "cp /etc/ppp/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf" before the connection is made.

I'm still not sure why it was doing this but it's all working now thanks.


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