[Dnsmasq-discuss] How may is too many CNAME references?

Ercolino de Spiacico bellocarico at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 26 19:06:06 UTC 2021

I have a working script to block ads via ads-blocker public-lists based 
on dnsmasq.

The dnsmasq.additional file is populated with a long list of 

It works fine but I was trying to improve speed/RAM usage so I've tried 
for a test to switch to a CNAME format, so:


If the list of cnames is relatively short (say 300 references) it works 
no problem and dnsmasq restart (needed to reload the config) is almost 
instant; but if the cname list grows big a restart takes really long 
time. I always run dnsmasq --test before restarting and the syntax is 
reported to be OK.

Is there a limit on how many cname you can have in a config file?
Why a difference in behaviour between ADDRESS and CNAME?


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