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RE: Problem Installing the Base System


I appreciate you helping me out.  Sorry, I'm really new to networking and
linux so I really didn't know how to describe the problem.  I'm only halfway
through "TCP/IP for Dummies" book.

Please find my comments to your questions below.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Philipp Schulte [mailto:philipp.schulte@arcormail.de]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 8:59 PM
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: Problem Installing the Base System
> On Tue, Aug 29, 2000 at 07:48:30PM +0900, Peter Kim wrote:
> > First my computer has trouble resolving name.  I get the error:
> > "nt_http_fetchfile :: http.us.debian.org couldn't be resolved, Host name
> > lookup failure (h_errno=2)"
> >
> > I've checked /etc/resolv.conf and it says:
> > nameserver
> > which is absolutely correct.
> Are we talking about a dialup-system?
I'm not talking about a dialup-system.  I'm talking a LAN.  The LAN is
192.168.0.x.  The local LAN is connected to a gateway.  One ethernet port of
the gateway is and the other port has a global address of   The names server is also at
> > When I try substituting http.us.debian.org with it's ip address
> > ( then I get the error "nf_http_fetchfile ::
> connect ::  No
> > route to host".
> Sounds like you are not connected or the network-interface wasn't
> configured correctly.
Yeah, I'm not sure where I went wrong here.  The only network config
variables I can enter during "Configure the Network" part of the
installation is:
1. hostname  = trade1
2. ip address =
3. netmask =
4. broadcast address =
5. gateway =
6. nameservers =
7. primary network interface = eth0
It's really hard to go wrong here...

> > I've gone back a step in the installation process to Configure
> Network and
> > reentered network information.  I've triple checked my gateway
> ip and what
> > I've entered is correct.
> >
> > I tried pinging from using other computers to the computer that I'm
> > installing now like so (ping   Ping fails.
> Pinging other
> > computer works fine.
> Sounds like you are not connected or the network-interface wasn't
> configured correctly.
> > I've made my soon-to-be Linux computer's IP ping itself and it
> pings fine.
> > However, when I ping any other computer that is on the LAN,
> (computers that
> > are connected to the same hub) then ping fails.
> If you ping your own system then it usually just pings the
> "loopback"-device. You do not need a network intreface at all in order
> to ping yourself.
> > Is there something I'm overlooking here?
> Was the module for your card loaded? Does your card have those little
> lights that can show activity and stuff like this? If so, does it show
> activity when you try to connect?

Yeah.  I've got five ethernet ports.  I've chosen eth0 as my ethernet port
for this step of the installation.  (The installation software makes you
choose.)  eth0's lights are lit;intermittently the light goes out and comes
back on.  The light's behavior doesn't change when I try to connect.  It
remains lit and it turns off and on intermittently.

Could a missing network driver module in the step "Install Kernel and
Modules" be causing problems downstream?  I'm pretty sure that all my
network drivers are installed but that's the only thing that could be
wrong... I'm going to check it out.  Thanks.

If anything occurs to you, please holler.

Thanks! :-)

> Phil
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