I'm new user on Ubuntu and I need your help.

I would like to configure DNS in /etc/resolv.conf, so I used this command:

sudo nano /etc/resolv.conf

I changed my DNS server and it was OK but, after restarting, my changes to /etc/resolv.conf were removed and the default configuration was restored.

I have tried the command below but it failed:

sudo chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf
chattr: Opération non supportée lors de la lecture des drapeaux sur /etc/resolv.conf

in english: chattr : Operation not supported when reading flags on /etc/resolv.conf

What can I do?

  • FWIW you probably get the chattr: Opération non supportée error because the thing you are trying to change the attributes of is actually a symbolic link (to run/resolvconf/resolv.conf) - to use chattr -i here, you'd need to remove the link and create a regular file first. However there are much better ways to achieve what you want without brute force, as described in the answers below. – steeldriver Jul 19 '16 at 17:10
  • Hello Arronical and thank. I need find the best solution. Can you know if it's possible change this symbolic link for change everytime /etc/resolv.conf? – Saturne64 Jul 20 '16 at 5:15

Hello Saturne64 and welcome to Askubuntu! The contents of /etc/resolv.conf are ultimately overwritten, but we can still set your DNS server of choice for your computer through the Network Manager. Please follow these steps:

  1. Click the wifi icon at the top-right of your screen and choose "Network Connections"
  2. Click "Edit"
  3. Click the "IPV4 Settings" tab
  4. Next to "Method: ", click "Automatic (DHCP)" and choose "Automatic (DHCP) addresses only"
  5. In the text box adjacent to "DNS Servers: ", type the address of your preferred DNS server.
  6. Click "Save" and in a terminal, run sudo systemctl restart network-manager.service.

Let me know if you need further assistance :)

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  • hello user and thank's. I have follow your answer and after that i use nslookup www.free.fr Server: Address: my configuration don't working with my dns. Do you have any solution? – Saturne64 Jul 20 '16 at 5:31
  • Potentially, yes; allow me to explain. On my computer, I use dnscrypt as a dns forwarder, and it is bound to port port 53. But Network Manager doesn't allow me to save my dns settings if, for example, I enter "" in the DNS Servers box. Only when I leave off the ":53", I am allowed to save my settings, and they work after issuing the restart command above. I assume this is because Network Manager assumes port 53. Did you enter a port number in the box for your setup, and if so, could you remove it, save your settings, and then restart Network Manager? – user311982 Aug 4 '16 at 15:49

You need to set the DNS settings in whatever tool you use to configure your network (for example NetworkManager or /etc/network/interfaces).

Alternatively, you can uninstall resolvconf to revert to a more traditional setup (or old-fashioned, depending on your point of view).

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