Can't connect, even to myself (fixed!)

Charles F. Bearden cbearden at
Tue Aug 25 14:06:22 GMT 1998

My problem seems to have come from the presence of my home domain name 
in the "search" directive in /etc/resolv.conf.  Once I deleted the 
domain name & restarted Samba, everything worked again.

Perhaps the problem was that I didn't have a "domain" line in 
/etc/resolv.conf with the home domain in it.  I'll check that possibility 
when I get home tonight.


Chuck Bearden                                   cbearden at
Electronic Resources Librarian    
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Rice University                              713 / 737-5859 (fax)
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Houston, TX 77251-1892

On Sun, 23 Aug 1998, Charles F. Bearden wrote:

> I have a two-node home network: a Linux machine (RH 5.0, 
> samba-1.9.17p4-3.rpm, also running bind as authoritative 
> for my home domain) and Win 95 with Client for MS Net &
> File & Print sharing.   Linux = calvin.home =
> Win95 = hodge.home =  Calvin is the default gateway for 
> the Win95 box, since I often connect via PPP to the Internet, and 
> I've set up IP Masqerading (I don't load the firewalling rules 
> until I'm connected, and the default policies are accept).
> When I first set up the network last weekend, file & print sharing 
> worked fine.  I was able to back up files from the Win95 box to 
> shares on the Linux box, and I was able to copy files from the 
> Linux box to the Win95 machine, and to use its printer as well.
> I have previously set up a small samba installation on the same version 
> of Linux at my previous place of work.
> Sometime yesterday, after playing around with aliased interfaces etc. 
> on the Linux machine, samba stopped working (although smbd & nmbd are
> still running).  I may have done something to confuse my networking 
> subsystem, and I did have to boot into single-user mode to delete an 
> ifcfg-eth0:0 file and nullify a static-route file (boot was otherwise 
> hanging).


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