Subject: Re: No nameservers configured when using DHCP/dhclient
To: None <>
From: Peter I.Hansen <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 05/18/2003 01:19:09
On Sun, 18 May 2003 00:07:34 +0100
Lee W <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have just installed NetBSD 1.6.1 (i386) and the installation appears 
> to have gone ok.  However I have to problems which I am sure are really 
> simple for a more experienced user then myself.
> Both the problems revolve around DHCP.
> Firstly, when using DHCP every setting is configured apart from the 
> nameservers (IPv4 address, gateway, netmask & network address).  To the 
> best of my knowledge I ran though the DHCP-HowTo correctly, I have tried 
> also with an empty dhclient.conf file, no dhclient.conf file at all, a 
> blank resolv.conf/no resolv.conf.  Nothing I try seems to solve the 
> problem.  I was unable to retrieve any hints from the appropriate man 
> pages that provided any info.

I had a similar problem when installing 1.6.1. The dhcp configuration during installation does not set the nameserver, and this has to be set manually.
It can be set during installation, or later in resolv.conf.

My resolv.conf (an ADSL line):
> Secondly, how can I run dhclient again without having to reboot.  The 
> first time I ran the script is went though fine however on subsequent 
> attempts I got some message about "before reporting a bug, check the 
> mailing lists and README files" (something like that).  Once the first 
> problem is fixed I probably won't be concerned by this, but is annoying 
> having the reboot just to try a simple config change.

/etc/rc.d/dhclient restart

hope this helps