cant ping website

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at
Fri Jun 20 00:13:44 UTC 2008

On Jun 19, 2008, at 7:13 PM, Brian McKee wrote:
> In your case, it was DNS - because it couldn't figure out who to ping.
> That's what the 'unknown host' message is trying to say.

Your answer is correct in a sense, but it could be misleading. Yes,  
the reason ping failed was because it couldn't resolve the host. But  
given just that error message, the reason why it couldn't resolve the  
host could be a number of things, ranging from incorrect network  
configuration, to a down gateway, to an unplugged cable, etc, etc.

To just say 'it was DNS' is misleading, because there may have been  
nothing wrong with the DNS setting on the machine or with the name  
servers themselves.

Jeremy Huntwork
LightCube Solutions, LLC

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