[Techtalk] Beyond personal -> large scale Linux usage

Katherine Spice k.spice at acu.ac.uk
Mon Aug 12 16:39:51 EST 2002

Hi Scott,

This sounds to me like it *could* be DNS. I had a similar problem
recently, while trying to connect to a server via telnet or ftp - it
would take varying amounts of time to return a login prompt with telnet,
but once I was logged in it was fine, and the ftp client just kept
returning login timeouts. It turned out that the nameserver it was
trying to talk to (to identify the machine I was coming from - I think
is is what is meant by reverse dns? :-) was down, and once it was
changed it was fine. I *think* you can identify/change the nameservers
used by editing /etc/resolv.conf - but networking's not my strongest
point and if I'm wrong someone please correct me!

> 3)There are very long pauses when connecting to it for POP3 or FTP, up
> to one minute.  Once connected it is fine, but I have even been talking
> with a Mandrake engineer trying to figure out the problem and he can't
> seem to figure it out either.


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