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You may find the “can’t resolve hostname” or “temporary failure in name resolution” error when using retrieval command like wget
, cURL, ping
. There are many reasons why these commands can cause an error, including file corruption. For the sake of brevity, we look towards commonalities between these commands to solve the issue.
These commands connect to the Internet using gateways to communicate and provide information. If the connection from your local machine, in this case, a CentOS server, is disconnected you’ll likely run into issues trying to access the world wide web. In this troubleshooting tutorial, we’ll show you some common solutions to connectivity issues.
Amongst many other configuration tasks, the resolv.conf
file is used to resolve DNS requests. Manually editing the resolv.conf file to configure name resolution will only do so temporarily. The Network Manager controls this essential /etc/resolv.conf
file to create permanent changes. So, we’ll first stop and disable the Network Manager:
Be sure to run these commands as the root user, or a privileged user using sudo before each command.
chkconfig NetworkManager off; service NetworkManager stop
The method for permanent changes is to edit the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
file instead of resolv.conf
file. Open the file:
Next, we’ll set our DNS IP’s to use Google’s Public DNS (22.214.171.124
Save and quit the file using ESC
Enable and restart your network, using the commands associated with your server version.
CentOS 6, CloudLinux 6, RHEL 6:
chkconfig network on
service network start
CentOS 7, CloudLinux 7, RHEL 7:
systemctl enable network.service
systemctl start network.service
Test the reachability of a host by using ping, curl, wget or any testing tool of your choice. In our example, we’ve successfully ping’d Google!
PING google.com (126.96.36.199) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from lga15s46-in-f14.1e100.net (188.8.131.52): icmp_seq=1 ttl=57 time=6.65 ms
64 bytes from lga15s46-in-f14.1e100.net (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=2 ttl=57 time=6.68 ms
64 bytes from lga15s46-in-f14.1e100.net (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=3 ttl=57 time=6.68 ms
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