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I had a working configuration this morning with the following simple /etc/rc.conf /etc/resolv.conf is completely commented out.

ifconfig_xl="inet netmask 255.255.255."


I added the following lines:



restarted the computer and no connectivity, changed rc.conf back to last working configuration and still no connectivity.

#--> ping: cannot resolve Host name lookup failure

ping # --> (works fine)

apachectl start
#--> /usr/local/sbin/apachectl start: httpd could not be started

#--> connection timed out

#--> connnection timed out; no servers could be reached

I also used /etc/rc.d/routing restart between the working state and the broken state

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Try dig and post the output. It sounds like a DNS problem. – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:00
Now how about output from nslookup – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:09
Wait... /etc/resolv.conf is empty? Or at least, it has no nameservers? – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:22
Yeah, I thought it was working when empty this morning, but maybe not? – shupru Oct 18 '13 at 21:22
I doubt it. AFAIK, /etc/resolv.conf needs to be populated. – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:25
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I think your problem is that /etc/resolv.conf is empty. Try putting the following in it (to use Google's public DNS servers):


That should work.

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Try apachectl status. That sounds like a completely different problem, and may need its own question. – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:39
Probably would be a good idea. Especially the part about accepting my answer. :D – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:40
I'll post a new one, but here is (part of) the output unable to connect to remote host. – shupru Oct 18 '13 at 21:42
I'll take a look at your new question, there is a chance I will be able to answer it. – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:44
Why don't you put a link in a comment here so when I come back later I can look at the question? – BenjiWiebe Oct 18 '13 at 21:45

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