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Erich Bloodaxe BSN

(14,733 posts)
Sat Jun 28, 2014, 07:25 AM Jun 2014

Weird DNS/firefox under linux problem

Ok, I'm hoping someone can tell me where to go to change a setting or config so this quits happening.

I use firefox under fedora, and it seems like every time I have trouble getting DNS, firefox suddenly decides that whatever website I was trying to reach should simply be assigned to my own IP address. And refreshing won't help, it then has decided that my IP IS the correct IP for that website until I kill off firefox and restart it. Iirc, even doing 'server network restart' doesn't even fix the issue unless I've also done a killall on firefox, so wherever the screwed up DNS mapping is being kept, it's in memory used by the browser, not by the system.

Any ideas? I've had these same problems across multiple versions of both the browser and the OS.

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Weird DNS/firefox under linux problem (Original Post) Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 OP
I'm not certain... discntnt_irny_srcsm Jun 2014 #1
Correct me if im wrong but it sounds like you are obtaining your ip via dhcp...if this is the case Drew Richards Jun 2014 #2
I do have DNS hardcoded in resolv.conf. Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 #3
Dump roadrunners dns a try setting googles see if its road runner dns's failing and making you Drew Richards Jun 2014 #4


(18,497 posts)
1. I'm not certain...
Sat Jun 28, 2014, 09:01 AM
Jun 2014

...why this would happen with firefox but you could try using opendns rather than your gateway for dns service.
This might solve your problem and if you're using a home network with a router, this may speed your browsing a bit.
If you travel with your pc, you may have to change this back as some public networks demand you login, accept their TOS... Those networks often redirect you to these pages by intercepting web traffic which can't happen if you've replaced the gateway/dhcp configured dns addr.


Drew Richards

(1,558 posts)
2. Correct me if im wrong but it sounds like you are obtaining your ip via dhcp...if this is the case
Sat Jun 28, 2014, 06:16 PM
Jun 2014

The your router or modem might not have decent dns injection settings...

Preferably you want to hard code your dns on you linux box in your resolve.conf file...try using googles servers first not loopback...

Then leave loopback as last

Same goes if you have a modem or router providing dhcp ip to your box you need to make sure it is injecting more dns than just your internet providers dns..it could be flaky..


Erich Bloodaxe BSN

(14,733 posts)
3. I do have DNS hardcoded in resolv.conf.
Sat Jun 28, 2014, 09:03 PM
Jun 2014

With the local roadrunner business class DNS addresses. (I've got the teleworker package, since I need a fixed IP to run a server off of here at home as well.)

I'll check the router as well, but I thought I had it hardcoded as well. Maybe not. I'll have DNS for a while, then it goes flaky for brief periods (often just long enough to screw up one website) then work for the very next website I try, while still leaving the first one I tried mucked up.

Drew Richards

(1,558 posts)
4. Dump roadrunners dns a try setting googles see if its road runner dns's failing and making you
Sat Jun 28, 2014, 09:12 PM
Jun 2014

Be redirected to loopback on the modem...

As in roadrunner didnt set up you modem you are being injected dns from their connection rather than being coded on your rr router...and when it fails the dhcp injects the only thing configured on the router...ie loopback

Again that sounds like what you are describing...

A dns lookup failure and the secondary or terciary look up becomes lookback then that gets caught in your cache for whatever page failed...

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