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I just inherited a RHEL 4.1 minimal image server and am trying to set it up but I can only seem to access ip addresses and not domain names. (exmaple: wget google.com doesn't work, wget 67.222.5.136 does though).

How can I fix this -- this is preventing me from using yum/rpm etc

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Add your DNS addresses to /etc/resolv.conf.

nameserver <address of DNS1>
nameserver <address of DNS2>
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wowwwwww thanks!!!! –  thanksyo Aug 25 '09 at 17:36

if you get you network configuration with DHCP, check in the file /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf that you have the following statement :

request domain-name-servers;
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Use the /etc/resolv.conf file to determine the DNS servers like this :


nameserver <server dns 1>
nameserver <server dns 2>
If you dont know what dns to use, here an example with opendns servers

cat >> /etc/resov.conf
nameserver 208.67.222.222
nameserver 208.67.220.220 

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You need to add some DNS servers to your IP config. You can do this by firing up your favourite editor and adding the following to /etc/resolv.conf :

nameserver <ip of primary DNS server>
nameserver <ip of secondary DNS server>

Alternatively, if you use DHCP to get your IP addresses, make sure that the DHCP server is actually configured to give out Name Servers and then check dhclient.conf (usually /etc/dhcp*x*/dhclient.conf) includes the following:

request domain-name-servers;
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