[Dnsmasq-discuss] DNS to respond to all requests

Simon Kelley simon@thekelleys.org.uk
Sat, 11 Dec 2004 19:44:02 +0000

Peter Willis wrote:
> Simon Kelley wrote:
>> If you add
>> address=/#/
>> to /etc/dnsmasq.conf then dnsmasq will always return to any A
>> record DNS query which cannot be answered from the hosts file or DHCP
>> leases. That's not exactly what you asked for, (it's not "any dns 
>> request" and the answer isn't random) but it might be enough for the 
>> testing you want to do.
> I'm curious, why do you use a pound symbol instead of an asterisk (*) ?

All the options which are valid in /etc/dnsmasq.conf are also valid as 
long options on the command line, so it's possible to run

dnsmasq --address=/#/

from a root shell. Just to make that sort of thing simpler, I have a 
policy of not using shell metacharacters in the configuration strings.