[Dnsmasq-discuss] Is it normal to need to edit /etc/hosts for dnsmasq

Chris G cl at isbd.net
Mon Nov 2 23:32:18 GMT 2009

I have just moved my dnsmasq server from my desktop machine to a much
lower powered machine so I can turn my desktop off and save some

The new machine is called 'server' (original eh!) and has a static
address of  It had a totally unmodified installation of
Ubuntu Server 9.10 before I installed dnsmasq. Thus its /etc/hosts
contained:-       localhost       server server.isbd.net

    # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
    ::1     localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
    fe00::0 ip6-localnet
    ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
    ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
    ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
    ff02::3 ip6-allhosts

Now this causes a problem - when asked for the address of 'server' it
returns which isn't correct as the client machine will think
it itself is 'server'.

I notice I fixed this before by changing the to the actual
IP address of the dnsmasq machine.  Is this normally necessary?

Chris Green

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