[Dnsmasq-discuss] What's this error in syslog mean?

Geert Stappers stappers at stappers.nl
Sat Sep 4 20:19:09 UTC 2021


On Sat, Sep 04, 2021 at 08:16:44PM +0100, Chris Green wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 04, 2021 at 07:09:30PM +0200, john doe wrote:
> > On 9/4/2021 6:14 PM, Chris Green wrote:
> > > When [re]starting dnsmasq I see the following in syslog:-
> > > 
> > > Sep 4 17:01:08 dns dnsmasq[18991]: started, version 2.80 cachesize 150
> > > Sep 4 17:01:08 dns dnsmasq[18991]: DNS service limited to local subnets
 91

> > > Sep 4 17:01:08 dns dnsmasq[18991]: read /etc/hosts - 12 addresses
> > > Sep 4 17:01:08 dns dnsmasq[18992]: Too few arguments.
 92

> > > Sep 4 17:01:08 dns systemd[1]: Started dnsmasq - A lightweight DHCP and caching DNS server. 
> > > Sep 4 17:02:17 dns dnsmasq[18991]: read /etc/hosts - 12 addresses
> > > Sep 4 17:05:05 dns dnsmasq-dhcp[18991]: DHCPREQUEST(eth0) 192.168.1.95 cc:ab:2c:39:69:2b
> > > Sep 4 17:05:05 dns dnsmasq-dhcp[18991]: DHCPACK(eth0) 192.168.1.95 cc:ab:2c:39:69:2b benYouview 
> > > 
> > > What does that error from process 18992 mean "Too few arguments."?
> > > Does it indicate any sort of problem?
> > > 
> > 
> > Would be better if you could increase the log verbosity
> > to troubleshoot this...
> > 
> Well, I've turned on the extra logging and it looks much the same:-
 ;-)

>     Sep  4 20:12:56 dns dnsmasq[1744]: started, version 2.80 cachesize 150
>     Sep  4 20:12:56 dns dnsmasq[1744]: DNS service limited to local subnets
 44

>     Sep  4 20:12:56 dns dnsmasq[1745]: Too few arguments.
 45



> This is with log-queries=extra and log-dhcp set.

And how is dnsmasq started?  What is in configuration file?

 
> Is there anything else I can do to get more diagnostics?

Do see already that dnsmasq is started (with some PID)
And there is another dnsmasq, probably a dnsmasq script,
with another PID.

Answering "And how is dnsmasq started?  What is in configuration file?"
might reveal what is the other dnsmasq (script).



Groeten
Geert Stappers

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