[Dnsmasq-discuss] Dnsmasq as master to bind as slave

Richard Bailey rmjb at mail.com
Fri Jan 20 12:18:52 GMT 2006

Well it was purely for experimenting purposes. In the DHCP configuration for
IPCop there's the option for a Secondary DNS server. I have a file server
running Debian so I thought I'd set up bind9 on it to act as a secondary
server with the dnsmasq on IPCop as the primary, since it dynamically adds
the DHCP clients to the DNS table. From my understanding on how this
Secondary DNS is supposed to work, the secondary server will have to do a
zone transfer for my internal lan domain, then it can forward and cache
requests for all other domains to my ISP's DNS servers, which is how I was
trying to set it up. But when bind tried to do the zone transfer for the
home.lan domain from IPCop it got the errors.

But as Simon stated dnsmasq was not intended to work like this so I'll give
up on my experiment, it's not something that was needed just something I was

However, now that I think about it, if IPCop has the option for a secondary
DNS there should be some way to set one up, or the option should be

- Richard

On 1/19/06, Eric S. Johansson <esj at harvee.org> wrote:
> Simon Kelley wrote:
> > Richard Bailey wrote:
> >> Hello this is just for experimenting purposes, I have dnsmasq running
> in
> >> IPCop and working well. I was trying to set up bind9 as a slave for my
> local
> >> lan domain with the dnsmasq as the master but I get the following
> error:
> ...
> > The former:  I'm guessing the bind is attempting to do a zone transfer,
> > which dnsmasq knows nothing about. It will just proxy it to an upstream
> > server, which doesn't know about the zone either, and returns REFUSED.
> >
> > This is a long way from dnsmasq's intended use, I don't intend to change
> > the situation.
> (I probably shouldn't admit this but I was one of the early IPCop
> developers (version 1 .2)).
> I'm using DNSMasq here for my internal LAN domain as well as a few zones
> and resolving external addresses.  It's a little clumsy but it generally
> works well.
> I'd be interested in hearing Richard why you're having troubles and what
> you are trying to do.
> ---eric

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