[Dnsmasq-discuss] Help Req: Name server discovery

/dev/rob0 rob0 at gmx.co.uk
Sat May 31 22:35:30 BST 2008

On Sat May 31 2008 16:07:59 Brandon Beck wrote:
> Also, have you considered setting up your own local, caching DNS

This is probably the best option overall, because it offers protection 
against the marketers and PHB's who occasionally get the idea to hijack 
all NXDOMAIN responses. With dnsmasq for authoritative NS on internal 
names, forwarding to BIND named on another port for external names, 
it's not difficult to set this up on the same machine.

Most distributors provide a named.conf which works out of the box as a 
caching resolver. The only thing you must change is the port, in the 
options section:
	port 35;
You can also restrict it to localhost only if desired. If using  
SELinux, you'd have to tweak your policy to allow this.

In dnsmasq.conf these options are needed:
This tells dnsmasq to ignore resolv.conf and to refer all queries to a 
nameserver at port 35. It might also be a good idea to reduce 
the "cache-size", because you don't need both named and dnsmasq caching 
the same data.

Finally, resolv.conf needs this line ONLY (a search line is optional, 
but it's important to have NO other nameserver lines):
and if you're using DHCP or PPP, your DHCP client or pppd must be 
prevented from overwriting your resolv.conf file.

At this point your DNS worries should be over forever, or at least  
until you upgrade your OS. :)
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