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Thread: dhclient dns info from ISP not reaching resolvconf

  1. #21
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    Apr 2007

    Question Re: dhclient dns info from ISP not reaching resolvconf

    Quote Originally Posted by cariboo907 View Post
    If you are using the desktop version, removing network manager, may solve your problem. Or you can download the server iso here, and restart without all the extra cruft the desktop version adds.
    Well, the situation is that I want to use it as a desktop as well. The machine is a gateway and server for the LAN but it's also my media center in my living room

    My innate insanity tells me to carry on trying it the hard way, rather than ditching my current installation and starting from scratch.

    More rationally, if I did have a server platform install, my guess is that I would probably then have issues with desktop stuff like sound or fonts or something.

    Anyway, that argument aside, I did remove --purge network-manager a while back.

    The current state of play is that dnsmasq is killing the dns nameserver entries in /etc/resolv.conf which dhclient puts there, one from the ISP and two (set by me) from the /etc/network/interfaces file.

    Could it be something really basic like the boot sequence? Should dnsmasq come up before dhclient sets up eth0? At the moment when I start it manually with the correct nameservers already in /etc/resolv.conf, it foobars them.

  2. #22
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    Apr 2007

    dnsmasq issue?

    Actually just read this from

    In the simple configuration described above, processes local to the machine will not use dnsmasq, since they get their information about which nameservers to use from /etc/resolv.conf, which is set to the upstream nameservers. To fix this, simply replace the nameserver in /etc/resolv.conf with the local address and give the address(es) of the upstream nameserver(s) to dnsmasq directly. You can do this using either the server option, or by putting them into another file, and telling dnsmasq about its location with the resolv-file option.
    so it looks like this is meant to happen.

    However I want dnsmasq to pick up the nameserver from my ISP automatically - sounds to me like an incompatibility. I will read on...

    OK there is a lot here. It looks like I need to set dhclient to write the name servers to a different file from /etc/resolv.conf and tell dnsmasq to read that.

    dnsmasq integrates dns-caching with dhcp for the lan really well. It seems to me that there is a big overlap in functionality between dns and dhcp so dnsmasq really makes sense as a solution. Helps me overcome my minimalist tendencies to research whether I can find and install a light-weight DNS server and a lightweight DHCP server
    Last edited by ahardy66; August 22nd, 2012 at 12:20 PM.

  3. #23
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    Lightbulb Re: dhclient dns info from ISP not reaching resolvconf


    sudo apt-get purge dhcp3-client
    Now instead of overwriting the /etc/resolv.conf, the symlink remains and the dhclient entry gets prepended as the top resolver between the head and tail of resolvconf.

    dhcp3-client is a old transitional package to the supported isc-dhcp-client. dhcp3-client kept it's config files under /etc/dhcp3 while isc-dhcp-client uses /etc/dhcp. I had two dhclient.conf files on my system. dhclient was using the wrong config.

    The Ubuntu supported isc-dhcp-client package includes a hook that runs as a script to function with resolvconf, located under /etc/dhcp/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/resolvconf

  4. #24
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    Mar 2005

    Re: dhclient dns info from ISP not reaching resolvconf

    Quote Originally Posted by ahardy66 View Post
    Rats. Re-installing dnsmasq just brought back the problem. dnsmasq puts into resolv.conf and chucks out the actual DNS server.

    I guess it's a dnsmasq issue so I'll do some more googling on dnsmasq and start a new thread if I still can't solve it.
    I gather you wanted the DHCP-server functionality of dnsmasq but not the DNS nameserver functionality. In that case you should set


    in /etc/default/dnsmasq and edit /etc/dnsmasq.conf to disable DNS functionality. The following


    should to it. After changing these settings do

    /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

    Now the dnsmasq initscript won't submit as a nameserver address to resolvconf, so you should see upstream nameserver addresses in resolv.conf instead.

    If you still have problems please write to me directly at jdthood AT gmail DOT com.
    Last edited by jdthood; October 29th, 2012 at 09:48 PM.

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