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Re: Why does resolv.conf keep changing?

On Friday 27 October 2017 03:46:27 Mart van de Wege wrote:

> Roberto C. Sánchez <roberto@debian.org> writes:
> > On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 12:24:32PM +0100, Darac Marjal wrote:
> >> Actually, there's no need to duplicate the effort. As I understand
> >> it, resolvconf is basically an optional helper program. Software
> >> that automatically modifies /etc/resolv.conf should first test for
> >> the presence of resolvconf (whether that be checking for the
> >> configuration directory of resolvconf or checking that resolvconf
> >> is running or... however resolvconf desires to be detected). If
> >> resolvconf is available, the changes are co-ordinated through
> >> resolvconf, otherwise, /etc/resolv.conf is modified directly.
> >
> > In my case resolvconf is not installed/available and I want
> > resolv.conf to be left alone.  I want any other package that thinks
> > it needs to modify resolv.conf to leave it along.
> But there *is* a way to do that: install resolvconf.
> Granted, it might be nice if resolvconf had an easier way to configure
> a static setup, but as it is now packages that need to access
> resolv.conf should do this through resolvconf if it is available, so
> installing and configuring it *is* the right way to handle this.
> Mart

I must argue against it, until as you say, resolvconf is given a well 
documented way to be told to leave a "static" system alone.  Until such 
time, I'll make /etc/resolv.conf a real file, and mark it 
and /etc/network/interfaces immutable.

And frankly, I'm getting tired of the arguments saying it must be 
installed. Not all machines are lappy's being toted to Micky D's for 
connectivity, where it /might/ make some modicum of sense IF it Just 
Worked. Here, it didn't just work on a jessie install, took me around an 
hour fighting with its local keyboard, to make networking work on the 
jessie install, and 15 minutes to make stretch work, but there I wasn't 
fighting with a kernel bug that kills keyboards and mice. So it didn't 
Just Work on a stretch install.

So until such time as resolv.conf can look at /etc/network/interfaces, 
and finding the "static" keyword, leave that interface alone, it will be 
nuked on sight with a root rm...

If by the debian 10 release, it must be installed, them MAKE IT WORK.  My 
way, so far, does that.

In my experience its a solution looking for a problem, and if it doesn't 
find one, it will make one.  It's network-manager by a new name, and 
just as worthless.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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