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Problems with name lookups

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http://forums.opensuse.org – I can lookup DNS hostnames with dig and nslookup, but nothing else seems to be able to resolve anything. ping, telnet, Firefox, everything gets "unknown host". For example: > dig yahoo.com ; <<>> DiG 9.6.1-P2 <<>> yahoo.com ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 20438 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 13, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;yahoo.com. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: yahoo.com. 17579 IN A 209.131.36.159 yahoo.com. 17579 IN A 209.191.93.53 yahoo.com. 17579 IN A 69.147.114.224 ;; AUTHORITY SECTION: . 10071 IN NS L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS M.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS J.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS C.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . 10071 IN NS K.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. ;; Query time: 2 msec ;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1) ;; WHEN: Fri Jan 8 01:02:38 2010 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 286 > ping yahoo.com ping: unknown host yahoo.com > ping 209.131.36.159 PING 209.131.36.159 (209.131.36.159) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 209.131.36.159: icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=97.2 ms 64 bytes from 209.131.36.159: icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=98.9 ms (Distributions)