[blfs-support] Unable to load certain websites

Alexander Spitzer aes368 at cornell.edu
Tue Mar 19 11:35:14 PDT 2013

Adding wikipedia's IP ( to /etc/hosts definitely helps. It
seems to get farther along in loading. However, nothing is actually
displayed in the browser. The problems get stranger and stranger. Either
something is wrong with the browser or there is another server from which
data is needed with a different IP. Viewing the source of the blank page
gives me a lot of html but I can't tell if it's everything or not.

Why would simply giving the ip address of the domain name
en.wikipedia.orghelp at all when ping instantly discovers that ip
whether that line is in
/etc/hosts/ or not? Maybe the DNS servers are used incorrectly somewhere.
Using google's DNS servers doesn't appear to change anything. Also, what
could cause this problem to occur for a few specific websites? How is
wikipedia different from google mail or every other website that loads with
no problem?

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:

> Alexander Spitzer wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > Recently, I've been having trouble loading certain websites on an LFS
> > system. Everything works great except for certain websites most notably
> > en.wikipedia.org. Any wikipedia page takes FOREVER to load (if at all).
> > I've ruled out my local router settings because Google Chrome on Windows
> on
> > the same computer loads Wikipedia just fine. I've also ruled out the
> > browser (Midori) because a python urllib request also takes forever.
> Other
> > websites affected are yahoo.com and facebook.com. Accessing these sites
> > through a proxy works fine so I'm guessing it has something to do with
> the
> > local DNS configuration. Pinging the websites from a different computer
> > yields the same IP address so DNS appears to be working properly (pinging
> > shows no signs of problems either). Can this be related to the DHCPCD
> > configuration on the system? I added nohook resolv.conf to the
> dhcpcd.conf
> > file and tried manually setting the nameserver but the problem is still
> > there. My network knowledge is limited so I'm at a loss as to how to
> > proceed from here. The wierd thing is that most of the time the page does
> > eventually load, it just takes an absurdly long time. Any help or insight
> > into the problem would be greatly appreciated.
> It does sound like a DNS issue.  Try changing /etc/resolv.conf to:
> nameserver
> nameserver
> Those are Google public nameservers.  The dhcp client may overwrite that
> so it may not be a permanent fix if it is indeed the problem.
> You can also try putting known IP addresses in /etc/hosts.
>    -- Bruce
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