Networking keeps stopping

Homer fsunoles at
Wed Apr 27 16:38:03 UTC 2011

On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM, Jonathan M. Prigot
<jprigot at> wrote:
> My guess is that you are using DHCP on your network. The DHCP server is
> responsible for supplying the entries in /etc/resolv.conf. Someone at
> the server end probably deleted those entries. As you see, you can
> manually edit the /etc/resolv.conf file, but when the DHCP client on
> your machine refreshes, they disappear.

Good guess, but my machine has always had a static IP.  We are moving
to DHCP here, but I've been a hold out for a number of reasons.  Might
I have DHCP running on my machine I don't know about?  I always
configure my network info by editing the /etc/network/interfaces file,
and that has always worked.

> On Wed, 2011-04-27 at 10:07 -0600, Homer wrote:
>> Kubuntu 10.04
>> Yesterday the networking on my machine stopped working.  I figured it
>> was something in the building as I didn't make any changes on my
>> computer that preceded the stoppage.  Ultimately the IT folks here
>> concluded the problem was I didn't have any entries in my
>> /etc/resolv.conf file.  They added the nameservers and dns-search,
>> which got things going, and my machine was declared fixed.  I was
>> dubious.
>> This morning networking stopped again.  A quick check of the
>> resolv.conf file showed it again to be empty.  I made the changes and
>> restarted networking and was off again.  Then it stopped again 30
>> minutes later.  resolv.conf was again empty.  I repeated the above
>> steps, and am posting here before it quits again.
>> Anyone have any idea what is really going on?  I'm stumped, but that's
>> not hard to do.  I updated my machine the day prior to the first
>> stoppage.  No other OS fiddling.
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