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resolvconf error resolv conf must be a symlink - Fix it Now

This article covers how to fix resolv.conf error which happens when we try to restart the BIND 9 server under Ubuntu Linux.


To fix Resolvconf error "resolvconf: Error: /etc/resolv.conf must be a symlink":

Open a terminal and run the following commands:

$ sudo rm /etc/resolv.conf

$ sudo ln -s ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf

$ sudo resolvconf -u


As of Ubuntu 12.04 resolvconf is part of the base system.

You can recreate the needed symlink by running:

$ dpkg-reconfigure resolvconf

or by doing the following in a terminal.

$ sudo ln -nsf ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf

Note that as of Ubuntu 12.10 resolvconf no longer aborts if /etc/resolv.conf is not a symlink. It does print a warning message, but this can be silenced by putting the line:

REPORT_ABSENT_SYMLINK=no

in /etc/default/resolvconf.

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