'No route to host' routing problems

'No route to host' routing problems

Post by Thomas D. McConnel » Thu, 16 Oct 1997 04:00:00


  I've tried everything I could find, and still have not been able to
get a working network.  I've spent the last few days trying suggestions
from this and other newgroups, documentation, etc., all to no avail.
First, some background:

  1) The gateway, nameserver, netmask, etc., work with Win95 running on
the same box
  2) I get "No route to host" using telnet, etc.
  3) I get errors shown in the output of 'ifconfig'
  4) Configuration seems to be correct (from what I can tell).  Details

  I don't know what else to do.  Hopefully it is something simple, but
given the history of this box I'm guessing some subtle hardware problem
is preventing this from working.

  In any case, thanks for any assistance.


    Tom McConnell

Output of 'ifconfig':

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:840 errors:12 dropped:0 overruns:0
          TX packets:0 errors:840 dropped:12 overruns:0

eth0      Link encap:10Mbps Ethernet  HWaddr 00:40:05:4A:E3:1A
          inet addr:IP.IP.IP.MyIP  Bcast:IP.IP.255.255
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:11 overruns:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0
          Interrupt:9 Base address:0x320

Output of 'route -n':

Kernel routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags MSS    Window Use
IP.IP.IP.0    *        U     1500   0        0
default         IP.IP.IP.1    *               UG    1500   0        0


order hosts, bind
multi on


# hosts  This file describes a number of hostname-to-address
#  mappings for the TCP/IP subsystem.  It is mostly
#  used at boot time, when no name servers are running.
#  On small systems, this file can be used instead of a
#  "named" name server.  Just add the names, addresses
#  and any aliases to this file...

# should NEVER be named with the name of the machine.  It causes
# for some (stupid) programs, irc and reputedly talk. :^)

# For loopbacking. localhost
IP.IP.IP.MyIP   MyName.MySubSub.MySub.MyDom MyName

# End of hosts.


# networks This file describes a number of netname-to-address
#  mappings for the TCP/IP subsystem.  It is mostly
#  used at boot time, when no name servers are running.

localnet IP.IP.IP.0

# End of networks.


domain MySubSub.MySub.MyDom
search MySubSub.MySub.MyDom MySub.MyDom
nameserver IP.IP.NameServerSub.NameServer1
nameserver IP.IP.NameServerSub.NameServer2



1. routed is trashing my 'default' route

Hi folks,

Hopefully this simple problem has a simple solution :) ..

Like many of us I connect to the internet through a
dialup ppp link. The link works great provided 'routed'
is *not* running. If routed is running, invariably it
deletes my default route :o(

So, my questions are:

1. How do I tell routed to leave my default route alone? Is
   it with a command option, or perhaps something in a
   conf file?

2. Why do I need routed? ( Currently I'm running without it. )

3. If I *do* need some kind of routing daemon, is gated a
   better choice?

Thanks in advance,

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