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DNS does not work in CLFS-embedded

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I'm using CLFS-embedded to build a minimal virtual machine--with great results except that my machine seems to be incapable of communicating with a DNS server. (Please note that I haven't been exactly following CLFS as I have been using it as a rough guideline--for example I haven't built it using a cross-compiler toolchain because my target architecture is the same. Could this be the problem?) I followed the networking sections of CLFS to a T, and networking works fine--I can use ping and wget, but ONLY if I give them the ip address--otherwise I get "bad address" (wget) and "b (HowTos)