[Dnsmasq-discuss] DNS from dhcp-host while client is offline

Petr Menšík pemensik at redhat.com
Mon Oct 4 09:45:57 UTC 2021

Hi Alkis,

I think you can use addn-hosts for name<=>IP address mapping and use
dhcp-hostsfile just for mac address assignment to existing pair. But it
prevents ability to create one file the other one, because primary data
are split into two files. I guess creation of addn-hosts from dhcp-hosts
by a script is the best solution available. I don't know about any way
just with one line per host.

Perhaps a flag could be added to dhcp-range, requesting also addition of
dhcp-hosts to static dns. Would it help if those hosts were assigned
infinite TTL to add permanent hostnames for them, similar to addn-hosts
record? I guess it would not hurt having permanent names on permanent


On 10/3/21 10:21, Alkis Georgopoulos wrote:
> Hi, I'm using a dhcp-hostsfile with lines like the following:
> b8:27:eb:c4:a5:4a,set:lab1,,rpi
> When that client boots, I can run `host rpi localhost` and dnsmasq
> tells me its IP.
> But when that client is offline, dnsmasq replies "Host rpi not found:
> Is there any way for dnsmasq to put all the dhcp-hosts into its DNS
> view even when these clients are offline?
> Otherwise I guess I could write a bash script that converts a
> dhcp-hosts file into an addn-hosts file with lines like:
> rpi
> Please Cc me as I'm not in the list.
> Thank you,
> Alkis Georgopoulos
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