[Dnsmasq-discuss] New to dnsmasq

Giacomo Tazzari giacomo.tazzari at gmail.com
Tue Apr 23 23:09:54 BST 2013

Hello Paul!

If I had to guess, I think you have a line like:       sms

in your /etc/hosts file.
Unless otherwise specified with the "no-hosts" option, dnsmasq takes
/etc/hosts into account for resolving names.

If it's so, "sms" would resolv to for any client querying dnsmasq

I hope that helps!

- Giacomo

On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM, Paul Marwick <paul.marwick at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm in the process of replacing an old home server with a new one,
> Slackware based. The old machine uses bind, which is slow, horrible to set
> up, and overkill for a small home network. I'm really happy with the lookup
> speed I'm seeing from dnsmasq. But I've got something badly configured, and
> I can't see what I've done.
> External lookups work fine, and the machines on the local network are all
> found by name. However, any attempt to ssh to the new server by name fails,
> as does attempting to load the web server by name. Both can be done by IP,
> just not by name.
> This is what I've got for /etc/dnsmasq.conf:
> # Configuration file for dnsmasq.
> #
> domain-needed
> bogus-priv
> resolv-file=/etc/nameserver.**list
> #server=/localnet/
> local=/ibmpeers.net/
> domain=ibmpeers.net
> expand-hosts
> dhcp-range=,192.**168.1.200,12h
> dhcp-host=00:01:d2:04:0b:d8,**openwrt,
> dhcp-host=00:14:BF:70:9B:36,**unslung,
> #listen-address=
> dhcp-option=option:router,192.**168.1.1
> # Set the NTP time server addresses to and
> #dhcp-option=option:ntp-**server,,
> # Set the NTP time server address to be the same machine as
> # is running dnsmasq
> #dhcp-option=42,
> dhcp-option=vendor:MSFT,2,1i
> dhcp-authoritative
> My resolv.conf has this:
> domain ibmpeers.net
> server
> and I'm using /etc/nameserver.list to set up remote DNS servers:
> server
> server
> The thing I really don't understand is it seems that when I attempt to
> address the server from one of the other machines, it seems to be
> addressing itself - on my desktop machine, which has the ssh daemon
> running, if I attempt to do something like "ssh root at sms", the connection
> is accepted, but when I connect, I'm actually connecting to the machine I'm
> already on.
> Any hints as to the stupid error I've made in setting this up will be
> gratefully accepted...
> Paul.
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