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

Matus UHLAR - fantomas uhlar at fantomas.sk
Mon Sep 6 11:17:52 UTC 2021

>> On Sun, Sep 05, 2021 at 01:18:18PM +0100, Chris Green wrote:
>> > On Sun, Sep 05, 2021 at 12:51:54PM +0100, Chris Green wrote:
>> > [snip]
>> > >
>> > > It's the calls to systemd-start-resolvconf and systemd-stop-resolvconf that are causing
>> > > the error.  For some reason on the Pi it causes this error, but not on my xubuntu system.
>> > >
>> > > Looking further the /etc/init.d/dnsmasq file has been quite extensively revised between
>> > > the older version on my Pi and the newer version on xubuntu, many of those revisions
>> > > look as if they're protecting against empty parameters.
>> > >
>> > ... and copying the 2.84 version of /etc/init.d/dnsmasq over to the
>> > Raspberry Pi has fixed the error.  (Yes, I know copying bits of one
>> > version to another is not in general a good idea but this is just a
>> > bash script so is unlikely to have dependencies etc.)

>On Sun, Sep 05, 2021 at 10:34:19PM +0200, Geert Stappers via Dnsmasq-discuss wrote:
>> Please be a better community member.  Tell more about your side of
>> the story.  Share here the two versions of /etc/init.d/dnsmasq One
>> version is "the Raspberry Pi version", the other "xubuntu".  Doing so
>> makes it possible to compare the versions.  It will reveal what made
>> the real difference.

On 05.09.21 22:45, Chris Green wrote:
>I did say what versions I was running.  The version which causes the
>problem is 2.80, the version that fixes it is 2.84.

I don't think dnsmasq comes with init script for RPI.
And I'm not sure anyone with RPI is reading this list (did someone reply so

Posting those scripts and/or diff would be better than just mentioning that.

>A diff between the two versions shows a *lot* of changes but they're
>all to do with quoting etc. and making sure that empty parameters
>aren't causing problems.  There's no real change in logic that I can
>A typical change is:-
><       case "$RETVAL" in
>>     case "${RETVAL}" in

even similar change can in some cases change the results.

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