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Date:      Wed, 3 Jan 1996 21:20:32 -0500 (EST)
From:      Chuck Robey <>
To:        Gary Kline <>
Subject:   Re: arrrgh, this was working Sunday...
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On Wed, 3 Jan 1996, Gary Kline wrote:

> Last Sunday I  managed to auto-retrieve the file cnews.tar.Z
> by typing ``make'' in the /cdrom/ports dir.  Now, while trying
> to build elm, this happened:
> >> elm2.4.tar.Z doesn't seem to exist on this system.
> >> Attempting to fetch from
> gethostbyname herror (2):  Host name lookup failure
> >> Attempting to fetch from
> gethostbyname herror (2):  Host name lookup failure
> >> Couldn't fetch it - please try to retreive this
> >> port manually into /usr/ports/distfiles and try again.
> *** Error code 1
> What did I do?   I remember adding some lines to /etc/sysconfig and
> two new sites to /etc/resolv.conf.  When I do a `ps ax' I see
> ncftp trying to retrieve the elm tar file...  
> Ideas, net gurus???
> gary kline

Gary, I usually get this when I've screwed up my resolv.conf.  You could 
check it pretty easily, by trying to ping one of the sites.  Two very 
likley possibilities are that 1) you have a bad address for a nameserver 
and a backup nameserver in your /etc/resolv.conf or 2) your default route 
to the world, even for your access to your nameserver, is gone.  Check 
the last by doing a netstat -rn (don't forget the -rn) to examine your 
routing tables.

Chuck Robey -- I run FreeBSD on n3lxx and Journey2
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