I have a Fedora 25 VM running in Hyper-V. This VM is used for a PHP app running on Apache. It is up-to-date and running stock everything.

A simple php script to connect to a remote website fails when running in Apache but works fine from the command line:

$socket = stream_socket_client($host, $errno, $errstr, 10, STREAM_CLIENT_CONNECT, stream_context_create());

if (!$socket) {
    print ("Unable to connect to ${host}: ${errno} ${errstr}\n");
} else {
    print ("Connected to ${host} successfully \n");

The error is

php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known

However, the VM has network access and everything works fine from the php command line. This suggests it's an Apache issue. Also: if I restart Apache, the problem goes away.

Thus my question:

How can I force Apache to resolve names properly after a reboot? If I need to reload Apache after every network change, that's acceptable for this installation (it's a dev workstation): how do I trigger that automatically so that it works on boot? Is there a systemd method for doing this?


You don't need to trigger a re-load or a re-start. You simply need to ensure that Apache is not started until /etc/resolv.conf has been written by whatever is doing that at bootstrap. The advice from the PHP bug tracker is to use a systemd override file to add an After= extension naming the relevant service(s) into httpd.service:

cd /etc/systemd/system/
install -m 0755 -d httpd.d
echo >> httpd.d/after.conf "[Unit]"
echo >> httpd.d/after.conf "After=network.service systemd-networkd.service network-online.target"

Further reading

  • I had seen this bug report and tried to set the correct "After=" override but it didn't work. I tried again after seeing your answer which had "[Unit]" in the override file - this fixed the issue. I edited the file using systemctl edit httpd instead of creating it manually. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Oct 25 '17 at 15:38

Put an Apache reload script in /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d folder. Source: Run daemon on startup in Fedora 13 after wireless interface is up

OR trigger Apache config reload from Upstart conf.

I mean somthing like

start on net-device-up - but this could be Ubuntu specific.

  • Fedora 25 is a systemd operating system, and the question is tagged systemd. – JdeBP Oct 25 '17 at 3:25

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