Internet: browsers fails to connect to SOME sites, not all, for no reason.
vincent.trouilliez at modulonet.fr
Wed Jan 28 07:44:21 UTC 2009
Nils Kassube <kassube at gmx.net> wrote:
> Which browser? What is the exact error message?
Using Ubuntu 8.10.
My default browser is Epiphany (same backend as firefox).
It just says: "<site> could not be found", please check that you are
connected to the internet blah blah...
Address Not Found
Firefox can't find the server at <site>
The browser could not find the host server for the provided address.
Elinks says: "unable to retrive <site>. Host not found".
> That's understandable. I would first try to use another browser.
I tried "elinks", thinking it would be quite different from firefox and
Epiphany, as it's a text based/terminal window browser. But alas no
joy, same problem...
> I suppose you have trouble with firefox now, so try any of the other browsers
> (dillo, konqueror, opera, ...) and if that works,
Oh, I just tried Opera, and it works !!! :-)
> reinstall firefox
Synaptic does not allow me to re-install FF, for some reason ! The
option is greyed out !
> (or whatever browser you are using now).
I normally use Epiphany. I reinstalled it, but no change sadly.
> > Ah, among the sites it fails to connect to, is my e-mail
> > provider.. so I am having to write this e-mail from my Windows XP
> > virtual machine, this is agony, please help me ! ;-)
> So you can't use an email program either?
My e-mail client (Sylpheed) fails to connect to my ISP's POP server,
(pop.numericable.fr). Sylpheed has a "debugging" window, where I can
see that it might be a DNS issue:
* Connecting to POP3 server: pop.numericable.fr...
** LibSylph-WARNING: DNS lookup failed
** LibSylph-WARNING: sock_connect_address_list_async: connection to
** LibSylph-WARNING: can't connect to server.
** LibSylph-WARNING: [08:32:11] Connection failed.
** Connection failed.
> Or can you only use web-mail?
I can't use the web interface for my e-mail account, because as luck
has it, the web site of my ISP happens to be part of the sites I can't
connect to !
I am not so sure if it's really DNS, because I did this experiment :
I chose a site which I can't connect to with FF/Epiphany :
www.ubuntu.com. I opened up a terminal window to "ping" it. The ping
utility displays the IP address resolved from the host name, in this
case it reports 188.8.131.52
So, I put that IP in the address bar of FF, and despite not needing DNS
anymore in this case, well it still says it can't find the site !
Completely weird isn't it ?! :-/
Well at least I have now got Opera to get me going without resorting to
using a Windows VM, while we investigate the FF/epiphany/elinks
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