Wget failing on Drush dl

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I installed Quickstart on the latest version of Ubuntu and I immediately ran into problems when connecting to the internet.

I eventually played around with the network adapter settings in VirtualBox and after changing the adapter to bridged I could connect to the internet.

The problem I'm facing now is that for some reason wget is failing on a DNS lookup when I run drush dl.

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to Ubuntu and networking in general. I have attached a file of the commands I'm running and the output I see hopefully someone can see where I'm going wrong.

Thanks in advance!


drush dl.txt3.89 KB


Hi Tom,Assuming 12.04LTS,

jebbushell's picture

Hi Tom,

Assuming 12.04LTS, there is an "Auto Ethernet" option under the network icon (up and down arrows). Try clicking that. It should set up a DHCP connection and should solve your problem, possibly to your satisfaction.

If you want a fixed IP (so you can demo):

  1. Cycle your Mac address in the Manager unless you're certain you've only got one VM.

  2. Network Icon / Edit Connections / Wired :

    check your MAC address matches that in the Manager,
    Available to all users=checked

  3. Network Icon / Edit Connections / IPv4 Settings / Add :

    Address: 192.168.1.nnn
    Gateway: but yours could be anything
    DNS Servers: ditto the above
    Require IPv4 Addressing: Checked

As you may have guessed I'm using a homebrew Quickstart. This is because after really liking the original I decided that I really needed to build my own so that I could get a grip on all this stuff. QS 1.0 gave me the start I needed.

Jeb yes that jeb.

Hey Jeb, Long time no

blacklabel_tom's picture

Hey Jeb,

Long time no speak!

Thanks for this, I'll have a go and let you know how I get on.

I've been hoping to see you at the Drupal meet ups, you going on Wednesday? It would be good to know how you're getting on.




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Hi Jeb,

Turns out I was using the 32bit version on the 64bit OS. This machine was set up for me and I didn't think to check what version of Ubuntu had been installed.

Proper DOH moment!

Thanks for your help, hope to see you at one of the meetups soon.