[Dnsmasq-discuss] log-queries

Simon Kelley simon at thekelleys.org.uk
Fri Jul 2 14:28:29 BST 2010

Adam Pribyl wrote:
> I am triing to debug some DNS problems on the network, therefore I came to 
> enable log-queries in dnsmasq.conf, but it seems it is logging nothing.
> What I've tried/read:
> Enabling log-dhcp works ok. If I shut down dnsmasq, then I have no dns 
> responses, so it is clear this is the service that is respoding. I am not 
> using remote logging (as per FAQ I found). Tried to disable selinux, as it 
> is causing sometimes weird problems, no inflence. Downloaded source from 
> fedora - no patches, just make (enables dbus and changes some paths). With 
> kill -10 dnsmasq I get statistic - queries are passed without errors to 
> upstream DNS. But there is no query logged thru syslog-ng.
> So instead debugging the DNS issue I am fighting dnsmasq now. I would be 
> glad for any advice how to trace what's going on with dnsmasq log-queries.
> I am at dnsmasq 2.52 on Fedora 12. Can not easily compile 2.55 at the 
> machine.
> Thank you

A quick poke through the source reveals that DNS is logged a level
LOG_DEBUG, but DHCP is logged at level LOG_INFO, so I suspect your
syslogd is configured to throw away one and not the other.

Why the difference in log-levels? I don't know, it should probably be



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