Is a re-boot req'd after changing 'resolv.conf' ?

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Thu Jan 25 22:30:15 UTC 2007

V.I.Victor wrote:
> I'm simply going to change 2 "nameserver" ip-addresses.
> Most of what I've found re. 'resolv.conf' implies it can just be changed on-the-fly.  However, other sources (mostly upgrading info) have a reboot involved.
> So -- re-boot or not? (Note: this is a static-ip box running v5.4.)

Some applications only read resolv.conf once and keep the information,
so you need to restart those. Most others deal with it in the standard
way so no reboot is needed. The OS itself (and its standard utilities)
don't need a reboot.

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