NS Comm 4.5 not doing name lookup

NS Comm 4.5 not doing name lookup

Post by Daren Scot Wilso » Thu, 18 Feb 1999 04:00:00



Netscape Communicator 4.5 is finally working, after much trouble, except I have
to type in explicit IP addresses, like 12.34.56.78, can't use
www.someplace.org.   But ping, ftp, lynx all take names like www.someplace.org,
just not NS.    PPP in general works good.

What is wrong?  How to fix?    Diagnostic tests?

Linux 2.2.1,  glibc 2.1,  pppd 2.3.5, NS Comm. 4.5,  ISP is Mindspring, they
have  3 DNS name servers, all  listed in my resolv.conf.  

(Previous problems are described in netscape.communicator.unix, but now I'm
unable to reach that group.)
--
Daren Scot Wilson

www.newcolor.com
----
"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"
                                            -- William Shedd

 
 
 

NS Comm 4.5 not doing name lookup

Post by Daren Scot Wilso » Sat, 20 Feb 1999 04:00:00


Magically healed!  Now the browser can go to www.anyplace.org, though I'm not
sure why.   Played with some /etc files, rebooted, tried again and no good.
Then just a few minutes ago, removed some comments from /etc/hosts, just
cleaning up, then a minute later clicked on a link in an email, and voila!

Do /etc/hosts files not allow comments?   That's the only thing I can think of
to explain this miraculous healing.   All the other /etc files having to do
with networking have lines starting with # which are obviously comments, I just
assumed hosts, too, could have these.
--
Daren Scot Wilson

www.newcolor.com
----
"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"
                                            -- William Shedd

 
 
 

NS Comm 4.5 not doing name lookup

Post by Chuck Simmon » Sat, 20 Feb 1999 04:00:00



> Magically healed!  Now the browser can go to www.anyplace.org, though I'm not
> sure why.   Played with some /etc files, rebooted, tried again and no good.
> Then just a few minutes ago, removed some comments from /etc/hosts, just
> cleaning up, then a minute later clicked on a link in an email, and voila!

> Do /etc/hosts files not allow comments?   That's the only thing I can think of
> to explain this miraculous healing.   All the other /etc files having to do
> with networking have lines starting with # which are obviously comments, I just
> assumed hosts, too, could have these.
> --
> Daren Scot Wilson

> www.newcolor.com

I thought it did and mine has one comment. It is the last line, however,
commenting out a host I don't need but the comment line is working just
fine. The commented out host is now looked up with DNS and the hosts
above in the file are localnet hosts and they all answer just fine. I
also have several comments in /etc/resolv.conf - I switch name servers
when I detect dead ones on the fly and my shell scripts that do it
always use commented files for replacement (helps me remember what I've
done).

Chuck
--
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                   That, when the brains were out,
                        the man would die. ...         Macbeth

            Chuck's Place http://www.futureone.com/~chrlsim/
   Dynamic IP Web Page http://www.futureone.com/~chrlsim/cantor.html
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NS Comm 4.5 not doing name lookup

Post by TenThumb » Sat, 20 Feb 1999 04:00:00




> > Magically healed!  Now the browser can go to www.anyplace.org, though I'm not
> > sure why.   Played with some /etc files, rebooted, tried again and no good.
> > Then just a few minutes ago, removed some comments from /etc/hosts, just
> > cleaning up, then a minute later clicked on a link in an email, and voila!

> > Do /etc/hosts files not allow comments?   That's the only thing I can think of
> > to explain this miraculous healing.   All the other /etc files having to do
> > with networking have lines starting with # which are obviously comments, I just
> > assumed hosts, too, could have these.
> > --
> > Daren Scot Wilson

> > www.newcolor.com

> I thought it did and mine has one comment. It is the last line, however,
> commenting out a host I don't need but the comment line is working just
> fine. The commented out host is now looked up with DNS and the hosts
> above in the file are localnet hosts and they all answer just fine. I
> also have several comments in /etc/resolv.conf - I switch name servers
> when I detect dead ones on the fly and my shell scripts that do it
> always use commented files for replacement (helps me remember what I've
> done).

> Chuck

Mine has comments at the beginning, middle, and end. The fields are
separated by tabs, not spaces, so that could be a problem.
 
 
 

NS Comm 4.5 not doing name lookup

Post by William R. Matti » Sat, 20 Feb 1999 04:00:00



> Do /etc/hosts files not allow comments?   That's the only thing I can think of
> to explain this miraculous healing.   All the other /etc files having to do
> with networking have lines starting with # which are obviously comments, I just
> assumed hosts, too, could have these.

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is also yes. Every flavor of
Unix that I have my mitts on allows comment lines anywhere in the file
beginning with an "#" and as long as the entries are white-space
delimited. ie: tab or space, everything will work as advertised.

Regards

Bill
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1. Comm 4.5 and named problem on Linux - Help!

I am having a problem with Communicator 4.5 for Linux (RedHat 5.2) while
working off-line. Netscape freezes when it tries to check the mail
from my pop server (from my ISP). When I shut off the automatic mail
check
I don't seem to have a problem, but when I open Netscape without
a ppp conection and attemp to re-read old messages by clicking on the
little
mail icon, Netscape locks up. I have been looking in the
/var/log/messages
file and here are some of the messages that I am getting every so often
(not for any particular reason that I can see - I get these when I am
connected
or not to ppp):

Jan 24 05:46:34 gaspra named[270]: NSTATS 917178394 917052393 A=64
Jan 24 05:46:34 gaspra named[270]: XSTATS 917178394 917052393 RR=34
RNXD=0 RFwdR=23 RDupR=0 RFail=0 RFErr=0 RErr=0 RAXFR=0 RLame=0 ROpts=0
SSysQ=9 SAns=3 SFwdQ=61 SDupQ=336 SErr=45 RQ=64 RIQ=0 RFwdQ=0 RDupQ=0
RTCP=0 SFwdR=23 SFail=0 SFErr=0 SNaAns=3 SNXD=0
Jan 24 06:46:34 gaspra named[270]: Cleaned cache of 0 RRs
Jan 24 06:46:34 gaspra named[270]: USAGE 917181994 917052393
CPU=0.04u/0.02s CHILDCPU=0u/0s
Jan 24 06:46:34 gaspra named[270]: NSTATS 917181994 917052393 A=64
Jan 24 06:46:34 gaspra named[270]: XSTATS 917181994 917052393 RR=34
RNXD=0 RFwdR=23 RDupR=0 RFail=0 RFErr=0 RErr=0 RAXFR=0 RLame=0 ROpts=0
SSysQ=9 SAns=3 SFwdQ=61 SDupQ=336 SErr=45 RQ=64 RIQ=0 RFwdQ=0 RDupQ=0
RTCP=0 SFwdR=23 SFail=0 SFErr=0 SNaAns=3 SNXD=0
Jan 24 07:46:34 gaspra named[270]: Cleaned cache of 0 RRs
Jan 24 07:46:34 gaspra named[270]: USAGE 917185594 917052393
CPU=0.04u/0.02s CHILDCPU=0u/0s
Jan 24 07:46:34 gaspra named[270]: NSTATS 917185594 917052393 A=64
Jan 24 07:46:34 gaspra named[270]: XSTATS 917185594 917052393 RR=34
RNXD=0 RFwdR=23 RDupR=0 RFail=0 RFErr=0 RErr=0 RAXFR=0 RLame=0 ROpts=0
SSysQ=9 SAns=3 SFwdQ=61 SDupQ=336 SErr=45 RQ=64 RIQ=0 RFwdQ=0 RDupQ=0
RTCP=0 SFwdR=23 SFail=0 SFErr=0 SNaAns=3 SNXD=0

and here are some of the messages that I am getting after I click on the
mail icon in Netscape
when there is no ppp connection:

Jan 26 21:03:20 gaspra named[270]: ns_forw: sendto([169.207.30.200].53):
Network is unreachable
Jan 26 21:03:47 gaspra named[270]: ns_forw: sendto([192.5.5.241].53):
Network is unreachable
Jan 26 21:27:24 gaspra named[270]: ns_forw: sendto([169.207.30.200].53):
Network is unreachable
Jan 26 21:27:51 gaspra named[270]: ns_forw: sendto([192.5.5.241].53):
Network is unreachable
Jan 26 21:28:18 gaspra named[270]: ns_forw: sendto([204.70.128.1].53):
Network is unreachable

I think that I have an overactive named running here - this is a named
configuration            
issuer? I am not getting any of the usual message popups from netscape
simply telling my that the there is a DNS lookup error. I am also
experiencing lockups with webpages that I am viewing after I have closed
the ppp connection and accidentally click on a link - I don't get the
error popup message, it just locks up. Could someone please tell me what
the problem seems to be?

Thank you,
Scott Petinga

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