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Date:      Fri, 24 Jul 1998 16:58:18 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.ORG,
Subject:   Re: routing/gateway/slow ethernet problem
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <"0723181723-routing/gateway/slow ethernet problem"@MHS>

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On 23 Jul 1998 wrote:

>      I have two FreeBSD 2.2.6 machines set up at home.  One act as my 
>      "workstation" ( - I run X on it.  The other functions as a 
>      "server" ( and holds my web site, connectivity to DOS file 
>      systems, etc.  It also dials the phone and acts as a gateway for me 
>      when I surf the net.  This worked well (I was *delighted*) until now.  
>      Recently, the workstation has been timing out on boot during the mount 
>      -a -t nfs step and during the sendmail startup.  After trying about 
>      35,481 different NIC cards, wires, settings, etc, I discovered this:

Absolutely, positively DNS problems.

>      If I set rc.conf defaultrouter="NO" on the workstation, booting is 
>      fast, and I can quickly telnet to the server.  However, for example, 
>      packets like DNS requests are not routed to the proper machine (my ISP 
>      DNS box via  If I set rc.conf defaultrouter="" 
>      booting is slow, telnet takes forever, but DNS works (sometimes).  My 
>      server has rc.conf gateway_enable="YES" so it should route packets.  
>      I've turned off NFS and commented out exports entirely until this is 
>      resolved.

Run named on your server and point /etc/resolv.conf at it.  The server
will cache nameserver lookups.  Also define the names and IPs of your
local mahcines in /etc/hosts, or create yourself a fake name domain.

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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