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Old 05-07-2006, 08:19 AM   #1
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New DHCP router some debian software not working


I have just changed over from a static ip (debian sarge) to a DHCP system served by a ADDON broadband modem/firwall/router.

Under the static ip system everything worked fine.

Under the DHCP system most software was very slow to initialise. I believed this to be a reverse lookup problem as dnsdomainname was also VERY slow (30sec) to return empty string. So I have changed a few things and terminal and firefox init fast and surf quickly (this is good :P ) however xchat wont connect to a server and evolution just wont send/receive (sits unmoving on the send/receive box) albeit very rarely (once in two days) its works fine for about 10secs. I can play online poker so I know that the ports are open. I have a winXP laptop and when I setup a MS outlook account using the values from the debian box and it could access the account fine but it was very slow to initialise itself. And Xchat also works fine on the laptop, so I rule out the new DHCP modem/router/firewall as the problem. So I am rather stumpted, I have been searching google for any hint of a reason but am no longer sure what I should be looking for. Can someone give me a hand please, I bet its something stupid but I am going round in circles!

I have copied data from relevant files below.

Cheers in advance

( is my modem, firewall, DHCP n DNS server and Gateway etc)


/etc/hosts localhost.localdomain mymachine.priory localhost mymachine firewall.priory firewall
# mymachine.priory mymachine

order hosts,bind
multi on

send host-name "mymachine";
supersede domain-name "";

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
name Ethernet LAN card

/Results from "hostname"

/Results from "hostname --fqdn"

/Results from "dnsdomainname"
Old 05-11-2006, 01:39 AM   #2
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I have solved the problem. I had to install bind.

The problem was a wider failure to lookup DNS addresses. Xchat,evolution,dig,telnet,exim4(being slow on boot) all failed but ping & firefox worked ok. Also the other items would work if the address had been pinged from either the linux computer or the XP laptop first, hence the email working occasionally.

So everything is now working as it should be :P



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