[Dnsmasq-discuss] dnsmasq forwards requests for unknown hosts in its own domain

Gerrit Kühn gerrit at pmp.uni-hannover.de
Wed Nov 11 10:13:01 GMT 2009

On Wed, 04 Nov 2009 11:41:03 +0000 Simon Kelley <simon at thekelleys.org.uk>
wrote about Re: [Dnsmasq-discuss] dnsmasq forwards requests for unknown
hosts in its own domain:

SK> > Does anyone here have a hint for me how to setup this correctly and
SK> > how to prevent queries for unknown hosts being sent back from the
SK> > intranet dnsmasq?

SK> local=/intranet.my.domain/
SK> on the intranet server will stop it forwarding any requests for that 
SK> domain. I think that's what you need.

This fixed the directly triggerable ping-pong between the two servers. Now
I still see these requests sometimes:

Nov 11 10:30:19 theq dnsmasq[97791]: query[PTR]
db._dns-sd._udp. addr.arpa from
Nov 11 10:30:19 theq dnsmasq[97791]: forwarded
db._dns-sd._udp. ddr.arpa to

These requests/forwards won't stop and put quite some load on dnsmasq
running on After stopping, waiting some seconds and
starting again dnsmasq on, everything is back to normal
(for a day or so, until this starts again).

Can anyone explain to me what might cause these requests and how I can
prevent them either from being requested at all or at least from being


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