Droplets showing DNS name resolution issues?

March 27, 2017 3.3k views

Anyone noticed issues with DNS resolution issues with various linux applications on their droplets?

While I can get IPs from nslookup, apps like yum seem to be having resolution errors.


Could not get metalink https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=epel-7&arch=x86_64 error was
12: Timeout on https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=epel-7&arch=x86_64: (28, 'Resolving timed out after 30545 milliseconds')
http://centos.firehosted.com/7.3.1611/extras/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 12] Timeout on http://centos.firehosted.com/7.3.1611/extras/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: (28, 'Resolving timed out after 30545 milliseconds')
Trying other mirror.
^Chttp://mirror.linux.duke.edu/pub/centos/7.3.1611/extras/x8664/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 12] Timeout on http://mirror.linux.duke.edu/pub/centos/7.3.1611/extras/x8664/repodata/repomd.xml: (28, 'Resolving timed out after 30878 milliseconds')
Trying other mirror.
http://ftpmirror.your.org/pub/centos/7.3.1611/extras/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 12] Timeout on http://ftpmirror.your.org/pub/centos/7.3.1611/extras/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: (28, 'Resolving timed out after 30545 milliseconds')
Trying other mirror.
http://mirror.cs.vt.edu/pub/CentOS/7.3.1611/extras/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 12] Timeout on http://mirror.cs.vt.edu/pub/CentOS/7.3.1611/extras/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: (28, 'Resolving timed out after 30546 milliseconds')
Trying other mirror.

ping resolves, but seems rather slow in pulling up the ip or doing pings.

Looking at the droplet's load time, I am not seeing hardly any load and I rebooted the droplet recently as well.

Anyone else having similar issues?

8 Answers
reednj March 27, 2017
Accepted Answer

I'm also having problems with my servers in SFO1, I would change to the openDNS servers and

SFO1, I believe.

It looks like Google DNS is hammered or something. I pointed my droplet to Level 3's DNS. I would list the link I got it from, but the community forum flagged it as spam.

  • I am on SFO1 and using Google DNS servers as well. I have been experiencing DNS resolution issues for the past 12 hours.

What servers are you using for resolving on the server?

sudo cat /etc/resolv.conf

At the moment, nameservers are and

Can't find any information for setting a closer DNS at the moment. But seeing that in nslookup now, it seems to be having issues with one of them, but refers to pulling non-authoritive answer from

  • @keiichi25
    Where's your droplet located - in which data center? Maybe there's issues with Google DNS in that region (sadly, that's not the first time this has happened)

Looks like the Google DNS servers are getting hammered or is not responding very nicely...

Using - https://www.lifewire.com/free-and-public-dns-servers-2626062

I put Level3's DNS server in and it seems to be faster in the response.

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