I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 alongside windows 8.1. But in no way could I make the Internet work. I messed up trying to replace the /etc/resolv.conf file and it got removed... I would like to download it using the cd boot and put it where it should be. Problem is, I have no idea how to download and where to put it.

(I'm quite a newbie, easy steps plz) thank you :)

  • Run sudo service resolvconf restart and then check....
    – heemayl
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:12
  • I think it fixed itself when I was restarting the computer (switching systems). Is that possible? Looks ok now... Thanks for the answer ;)
    – Olalike
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:24
  • Please check my answer..explanation given..
    – heemayl
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:31

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/etc/resolv.conf is auto generated by resolvconf program in Ubuntu. The first line of the file contains:

Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)

It is actually a symbolic link to /var/run/resolvconf/resolv.conf:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 29 Feb  9 22:23 /etc/resolv.conf -> ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

So, in a nutshell if you just restart the resolvconf service by the following command /etc/resolv.conf will be auto generated again:

sudo service resolvconf restart

Actually you don't need to restart the computer.

  • I typed the command 'Sudo service resolvconf restart' the output is 'resolconf: unrecognized service' sooo.. I guess it's not just the file. Any suggestions how to fix this?
    – Olalike
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:36
  • @Olalike: You typed resolconf hence the error resolconf: unrecognized service.. type exactly: sudo service resolvconf restart
    – heemayl
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:39
  • Hmm no I didn't it was just a comment typo. (Sorry)
    – Olalike
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:42
  • @Olalike: no problem..please select the answer as accepted by clicking the tick mark on the left side of my answer so that this issue can be marked as resolved.
    – heemayl
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:47
  • Was going too. Thx
    – Olalike
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:49

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