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Re: dhcp vs gnome?

On Thu, Jun 24, 2004 at 09:38:16AM -0400, Jack Howarth wrote:
>     Can anyone tell me if the following is expected behavior for
> gnome? I noticed that under Fedora Core 2 if I lose internet
> connectivity (ie pull the cable) that gnome terminal windows
> will not open until I put it back on the ethernet. Is there a
> workaround for this problem? 
>                      Jack
> ps I think I also see this problem arise if the DNS servers go
> down so I think it may be more related to a failure to do DNS
> lookups for the machine itself. Unfortunately since the
> machine connects with dhcp, I am unable to simply hard code the
> domainname into the hosts file.

Do you have an entry in /etc/hosts for localhost ( and for
the computer's host name and IP address?

What I think is going on is: X is a network based client-server
protocol. The server (display, keyboard, rodent) communicates over IP
with the client (the program, in this case a terminal
program). Obviously if the network fails, X has a problem. I have long
argued that X should use the loopback interface (lo) rather than the
actual ethernet interface for exactly this reason. I don't know to
tell which interface X is using; perhaps someone who knows X better
than I do can tell me.

However, adding the computer's host name and loopback device to
/etc/hosts is a good workaround. Unfortunately this means either
static or pseudo-static IP addresses, or else some scripting I haven't
gotten around to doing.


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