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I have a Linux server which runs several services (namely Minecraft :)). Recently, I've been having trouble getting it to connect to the Internet. For example:

root@fcwtech:~# ping google.com
ping: unknown host google.com


root@fcwtech:~# ping
connect: Network is unreachable


root@fcwtech:~# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=10.8 ms

In case it helps, resolv.conf:

root@fcwtech:~# cat /etc/resolv.conf
# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)
search hsd1.va.comcast.net

and ifconfig:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:11:3e:05:b9  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::211:11ff:fe3e:5b9/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:2195 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:657 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:172376 (168.3 KiB)  TX bytes:84343 (82.3 KiB)

My setup has been working perfectly previously. I made no configuration changes, and I'm really not sure what I should do at this point.

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ifconfig is deprecated on linux, use ip addr instead. And please include the output of routel to show your routing tables. – BatchyX Feb 17 '13 at 19:47
Which distribution do you use? How do you set up your network interface? e.g.: /etc/network/intefaces or /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts – xx4h Feb 18 '13 at 7:39
One specific scenario i've in my mind: You use DHCP for getting IP adress in your LAN. In most cases you get the same ip from the DHCP-Server, if you reconnect. But that's not for sure. And if you additionally have some rules for who has access to the internet, and who has not, it could be, that the ip address of the server has changed due to DHCP and the new ip isn't allowed to access the internet due to your access-rules. – xx4h Feb 18 '13 at 7:48
Can you reach the Internet from other computers on your network? – Jander Feb 18 '13 at 8:00
@Jander: yes, all the other machines work fine. – Fox Wilson Feb 18 '13 at 19:09
up vote 6 down vote accepted

check your default gateway setting using

route -n

if there is no gateway specified then you have to set your system default gateway...using

route add default gw gateway ip

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Thanks! That seems to work. – Fox Wilson Feb 18 '13 at 19:15
As a side note, route is being deprecated on Linux, and the preferred way is to use ip route (see man ip-route). – peterph Feb 19 '13 at 10:15

Many "enlightened" network/firewall administrators consider ICMP to be the work of the devil, and filter it out... and ICMP ECHO REQUEST and ECHO REPLY fall under the axe. Besides, with firewalls and port-forwarding all over the place, ICMP reachability is not aplication-I'm-interested-in reachability.

If you want to know the real TCP reachability, use tcping.

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Very true in the general case, to our detriment. But in this specific case, it looks like he's pinging from his Comcast broadband residential Internet to Google's public DNS server, neither of which are likely to drop pings. – Jander Feb 18 '13 at 7:37
Won't drop pings at the ends, who knows what psychopath is in charge en route... – vonbrand Feb 18 '13 at 7:39
I think blocking ICMP in the backbone would break the Internet. I'm not discounting it entirely, but if backbone providers are blocking ICMP, I fear for us all. – Jander Feb 18 '13 at 7:50
@Jander, indeed I am. Vonbrand - if people blocked ICMP, I shouldn't be getting "network unreachable" and "unknown host" right? – Fox Wilson Feb 18 '13 at 19:14

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