[Dnsmasq-discuss] Cache Time Threshold

Simon Kelley simon at thekelleys.org.uk
Wed Apr 9 19:36:20 BST 2008

Nathan Jay Skoglund wrote:
> I wonder if anybody has a way to extend the time that dnscache will 
> remember lookups.  I have noticed that after only a few minutes dns 
> lookups require more time, which indicate that they are heading upstream 
> beyond dnsmasq when used as a cache. 
> You can read a somewhat futile discussion of the event here: 
> <http://community.smoothwall.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=28173>
> http://community.smoothwall.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=28173
> This would really tickle my fancy, and probably really get adoration 
> from satellite guys.
> nathan

My take on this is that the DNS admin set the Time-to-live, and it 
shouldn't be over-ridden. If the DNS admin wanted a longer time, they 
would have set it. Even if you get away with extending the TTL for most 
domains, eventually you'll find one which breaks.

I think this position is well articulated by this post which I found, 
(and lifted, without permission) on a Gentoo list:

 >As an admin that occasionally has cause to shift traffic between coasts
 >for maintenance I hate *hate* anything that ignores my TTLs and 
 >consider such software broken and bane upon our fair Internet.



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