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DNSMASQ(8)		    System Manager's Manual		    DNSMASQ(8)

       dnsmasq - A lightweight DHCP and	caching	DNS server.

       dnsmasq [OPTION]...

       dnsmasq	is a lightweight DNS, TFTP, PXE, router	advertisement and DHCP
       server. It is intended to provide coupled DNS and  DHCP	service	 to  a

       Dnsmasq	accepts	 DNS queries and either	answers	them from a small, lo-
       cal, cache or forwards them to a	real, recursive, DNS server. It	 loads
       the  contents of	/etc/hosts so that local hostnames which do not	appear
       in the global DNS can be	resolved and also answers DNS queries for DHCP
       configured  hosts.  It can also act as the authoritative	DNS server for
       one or more domains, allowing local names to appear in the global  DNS.
       It can be configured to do DNSSEC validation.

       The  dnsmasq DHCP server	supports static	address	assignments and	multi-
       ple networks. It	automatically sends a sensible default set of DHCP op-
       tions,  and  can	be configured to send any desired set of DHCP options,
       including vendor-encapsulated options. It includes a secure, read-only,
       TFTP  server  to	 allow	net/PXE	 boot  of DHCP hosts and also supports
       BOOTP. The PXE support is full featured,	 and  includes	a  proxy  mode
       which  supplies	PXE information	to clients whilst DHCP address alloca-
       tion is done by another server.

       The dnsmasq DHCPv6 server provides the same  set	 of  features  as  the
       DHCPv4 server, and in addition, it includes router advertisements and a
       neat feature which allows naming	 for  clients  which  use  DHCPv4  and
       stateless  autoconfiguration only for IPv6 configuration. There is sup-
       port for	doing address allocation (both DHCPv6  and  RA)	 from  subnets
       which are dynamically delegated via DHCPv6 prefix delegation.

       Dnsmasq	is  coded with small embedded systems in mind. It aims for the
       smallest	possible memory	footprint compatible with the supported	 func-
       tions,	and  allows unneeded functions to be omitted from the compiled

       Note that in general missing parameters	are  allowed  and  switch  off
       functions,  for	instance  "--pid-file" disables	writing	a PID file. On
       BSD, unless the GNU getopt library is linked, the long form of the  op-
       tions  does not work on the command line; it is still recognised	in the
       configuration file.

       --test Read and syntax check configuration file(s). Exit	with code 0 if
	      all  is  OK,  or a non-zero code otherwise. Do not start up dns-

       -w, --help
	      Display all command-line	options.   --help  dhcp	 will  display
	      known  DHCPv4  configuration options, and	--help dhcp6 will dis-
	      play DHCPv6 options.

       -h, --no-hosts
	      Don't read the hostnames in /etc/hosts.

       -H, --addn-hosts=<file>
	      Additional hosts file.  Read  the	 specified  file  as  well  as
	      /etc/hosts.  If  --no-hosts  is  given,  read only the specified
	      file. This option	may be repeated	for more than  one  additional
	      hosts  file.  If	a  directory is	given, then read all the files
	      contained	in that	directory in alphabetical order.

	      Read all the hosts files contained  in  the  directory.  New  or
	      changed  files  are  read	automatically. See --dhcp-hostsdir for

       -E, --expand-hosts
	      Add the domain to	simple names (without a	period)	in  /etc/hosts
	      in  the  same way	as for DHCP-derived names. Note	that this does
	      not apply	to domain names	in cnames, PTR	records,  TXT  records

       -T, --local-ttl=<time>
	      When  replying with information from /etc/hosts or configuration
	      or the DHCP leases file dnsmasq by default sets the time-to-live
	      field  to	 zero,	meaning	 that  the requester should not	itself
	      cache the	information. This is the correct thing to do in	almost
	      all  situations.	This option allows a time-to-live (in seconds)
	      to be given for these replies. This will reduce the load on  the
	      server  at  the  expense	of clients using stale data under some

	      As for --local-ttl, but affects only  replies  with  information
	      from DHCP	leases.	If both	are given, --dhcp-ttl applies for DHCP
	      information, and --local-ttl for others. Setting	this  to  zero
	      eliminates the effect of --local-ttl for DHCP.

	      Negative replies from upstream servers normally contain time-to-
	      live information in SOA records which dnsmasq uses for  caching.
	      If the replies from upstream servers omit	this information, dns-
	      masq does	not cache the reply. This option gives a default value
	      for  time-to-live	(in seconds) which dnsmasq uses	to cache nega-
	      tive replies even	in the absence of an SOA record.

	      Set a maximum TTL	value that will	be handed out to clients.  The
	      specified	 maximum  TTL  will be given to	clients	instead	of the
	      true TTL value if	it is lower. The true  TTL  value  is  however
	      kept in the cache	to avoid flooding the upstream DNS servers.

	      Set a maximum TTL	value for entries in the cache.

	      Extend  short  TTL  values  to the time given when caching them.
	      Note that	artificially extending TTL values is in	general	a  bad
	      idea, do not do it unless	you have a good	reason,	and understand
	      what you are doing.  Dnsmasq limits the value of this option  to
	      one hour,	unless recompiled.

	      Set  the	TTL  value  returned in	answers	from the authoritative

       -k, --keep-in-foreground
	      Do not go	into the background at startup but  otherwise  run  as
	      normal.  This is intended	for use	when dnsmasq is	run under dae-
	      montools or launchd.

       -d, --no-daemon
	      Debug mode: don't	fork to	the  background,  don't	 write	a  pid
	      file,  don't  change  user id, generate a	complete cache dump on
	      receipt on SIGUSR1, log to stderr	as well	as syslog, don't  fork
	      new  processes  to  handle TCP queries. Note that	this option is
	      for use in debugging only, to stop dnsmasq daemonising  in  pro-
	      duction, use --keep-in-foreground.

       -q, --log-queries
	      Log the results of DNS queries handled by	dnsmasq. Enable	a full
	      cache dump on receipt of SIGUSR1.	If  the	 argument  "extra"  is
	      supplied,	ie --log-queries=extra then the	log has	extra informa-
	      tion at the start	of each	line.  This consists of	a serial  num-
	      ber  which  ties together	the log	lines associated with an indi-
	      vidual query, and	the IP address of the requestor.

       -8, --log-facility=<facility>
	      Set the facility to which	dnsmasq	will send syslog entries, this
	      defaults	to  DAEMON, and	to LOCAL0 when debug mode is in	opera-
	      tion. If the facility given contains at least one	'/' character,
	      it  is  taken  to	 be  a filename, and dnsmasq logs to the given
	      file, instead of syslog. If the facility	is  '-'	 then  dnsmasq
	      logs to stderr.  (Errors whilst reading configuration will still
	      go to syslog, but	all output from	a successful startup, and  all
	      output  whilst  running,	will go	exclusively to the file.) When
	      logging to a file, dnsmasq will close and	reopen the  file  when
	      it  receives  SIGUSR2.  This  allows  the	log file to be rotated
	      without stopping dnsmasq.

	      Enable extra logging intended for	debugging rather than informa-

	      Enable  asynchronous logging and optionally set the limit	on the
	      number of	lines which will be queued by dnsmasq when writing  to
	      the syslog is slow.  Dnsmasq can log asynchronously: this	allows
	      it to continue functioning without being blocked by syslog,  and
	      allows  syslog  to  use  dnsmasq for DNS queries without risking
	      deadlock.	 If the	queue of log-lines becomes full, dnsmasq  will
	      log  the overflow, and the number	of messages  lost. The default
	      queue length is 5, a sane	value would be	5-25,  and  a  maximum
	      limit of 100 is imposed.

       -x, --pid-file=<path>
	      Specify  an  alternate path for dnsmasq to record	its process-id
	      in. Normally /var/run/

       -u, --user=<username>
	      Specify the userid to which dnsmasq will change  after  startup.
	      Dnsmasq  must normally be	started	as root, but it	will drop root
	      privileges after startup by changing id to  another  user.  Nor-
	      mally  this  user	 is  "nobody" but that can be over-ridden with
	      this switch.

       -g, --group=<groupname>
	      Specify the group	which dnsmasq will  run	 as.  The  default  is
	      "dip",  if  available,  to  facilitate  access  to  /etc/ppp/re-
	      solv.conf	which is not normally world readable.

       -v, --version
	      Print the	version	number.

       -p, --port=<port>
	      Listen on	<port> instead of the standard DNS port	(53).  Setting
	      this to zero completely disables DNS function, leaving only DHCP
	      and/or TFTP.

       -P, --edns-packet-max=<size>
	      Specify the largest EDNS.0 UDP packet which is supported by  the
	      DNS  forwarder.  Defaults	 to  4096, which is the	RFC5625-recom-
	      mended size.

       -Q, --query-port=<query_port>
	      Send outbound DNS	queries	from, and listen for their replies on,
	      the  specific  UDP  port	<query_port>  instead  of using	random
	      ports. NOTE that using this option will make dnsmasq less	secure
	      against  DNS  spoofing attacks but it may	be faster and use less
	      resources.  Setting this option to zero makes dnsmasq use	a sin-
	      gle  port	allocated to it	by the OS: this	was the	default	behav-
	      iour in versions prior to	2.43.

	      Do not use ports less than that given as source for outbound DNS
	      queries.	Dnsmasq	 picks	random	ports  as  source for outbound
	      queries: when this option	is given, the ports used  will	always
	      be  larger  than that specified. Useful for systems behind fire-
	      walls. If	not specified, defaults	to 1024.

	      Use ports	lower than that	 given	as  source  for	 outbound  DNS
	      queries.	 Dnsmasq  picks	 random	 ports	as source for outbound
	      queries: when this option	is given, the ports used  will	always
	      be  lower	 than  that specified. Useful for systems behind fire-

       -i, --interface=<interface name>
	      Listen only on the specified interface(s). Dnsmasq automatically
	      adds the loopback	(local)	interface to the list of interfaces to
	      use when the --interface option  is used.	If no  --interface  or
	      --listen-address options are given dnsmasq listens on all	avail-
	      able interfaces except any given in --except-interface  options.
	      On  Linux,  when	--bind-interfaces or --bind-dynamic are	in ef-
	      fect, IP alias  interface	 labels	 (eg  "eth1:0")	 are  checked,
	      rather  than interface names. In the degenerate case when	an in-
	      terface has one address, this amounts to the same	thing but when
	      an interface has multiple	addresses it allows control over which
	      of those addresses are accepted.	The same effect	is  achievable
	      in  default  mode	by using --listen-address.  A simple wildcard,
	      consisting of a trailing '*', can	be  used  in  --interface  and
	      --except-interface options.

       -I, --except-interface=<interface name>
	      Do not listen on the specified interface.	Note that the order of
	      --listen-address --interface and --except-interface options does
	      not  matter  and that --except-interface options always override
	      the others. The comments about interface labels for --listen-ad-
	      dress apply here.

	      Enable  DNS authoritative	mode for queries arriving at an	inter-
	      face or address. Note that the interface or address need not  be
	      mentioned	 in --interface	or --listen-address configuration, in-
	      deed --auth-server will override these and provide  a  different
	      DNS  service  on	the  specified	interface. The <domain>	is the
	      "glue record". It	should resolve in  the	global	DNS  to	 an  A
	      and/or  AAAA  record which points	to the address dnsmasq is lis-
	      tening on. When an interface is specified, it may	 be  qualified
	      with "/4"	or "/6"	to specify only	the IPv4 or IPv6 addresses as-
	      sociated with the	interface.  Since  any	defined	 authoritative
	      zones are	also available as part of the normal recusive DNS ser-
	      vice supplied by dnsmasq,	it can make sense to have  an  --auth-
	      server  declaration  with	 no  interfaces	or address, but	simply
	      specifying the primary external nameserver.

	      Accept DNS queries only from hosts whose address is on  a	 local
	      subnet, ie a subnet for which an interface exists	on the server.
	      This option only has effect if there are no  --interface,	 --ex-
	      cept-interface, --listen-address or --auth-server	options. It is
	      intended to be set as a default on installation, to allow	uncon-
	      figured installations to be useful but also safe from being used
	      for DNS amplification attacks.

       -2, --no-dhcp-interface=<interface name>
	      Do not provide DHCP or TFTP on the specified interface,  but  do
	      provide DNS service.

       -a, --listen-address=<ipaddr>
	      Listen  on the given IP address(es). Both	--interface and	--lis-
	      ten-address options may be given,	in which case the set of  both
	      interfaces  and  addresses  is used. Note	that if	no --interface
	      option is	given, but --listen-address is,	dnsmasq	will not auto-
	      matically	listen on the loopback interface. To achieve this, its
	      IP address,, must be explicitly	given as  a  --listen-
	      address option.

       -z, --bind-interfaces
	      On systems which support it, dnsmasq binds the wildcard address,
	      even when	it is listening	on only	some interfaces. It then  dis-
	      cards  requests  that it shouldn't reply to. This	has the	advan-
	      tage of working even when	interfaces come	and go and change  ad-
	      dress. This option forces	dnsmasq	to really bind only the	inter-
	      faces it is listening on.	About the only time when this is  use-
	      ful  is  when running another nameserver (or another instance of
	      dnsmasq) on the same machine. Setting this option	 also  enables
	      multiple	instances of dnsmasq which provide DHCP	service	to run
	      in the same machine.

	      Enable a network mode which is a	hybrid	between	 --bind-inter-
	      faces  and  the default. Dnsmasq binds the address of individual
	      interfaces, allowing multiple dnsmasq instances, but if new  in-
	      terfaces	or addresses appear, it	automatically listens on those
	      (subject to any access-control configuration). This makes	dynam-
	      ically  created  interfaces work in the same way as the default.
	      Implementing this	option requires	non-standard  networking  APIs
	      and  it  is  only	 available  under Linux. On other platforms it
	      falls-back to --bind-interfaces mode.

       -y, --localise-queries
	      Return answers to	DNS queries from /etc/hosts  and  --interface-
	      name and --dynamic-host which depend on the interface over which
	      the query	was received. If a name	has more than one address  as-
	      sociated	with it, and at	least one of those addresses is	on the
	      same subnet as the interface to which the	query was  sent,  then
	      return  only  the	 address(es) on	that subnet and	return all the
	      available	addresses otherwise.  This allows  for	a  server   to
	      have  multiple  addresses	in /etc/hosts corresponding to each of
	      its interfaces, and hosts	will get the correct address based  on
	      which  network  they are attached	to. Currently this facility is
	      limited to IPv4.

       -b, --bogus-priv
	      Bogus private reverse lookups. All reverse lookups  for  private
	      IP   ranges  (ie	192.168.x.x,  etc)  which  are	not  found  in
	      /etc/hosts or the	DHCP leases file are answered  with  "no  such
	      domain"  rather  than  being forwarded upstream. The set of pre-
	      fixes affected is	the list given in RFC6303, for IPv4 and	IPv6.

       -V, --alias=[<old-ip>]|[<start-ip>-<end-ip>],<new-ip>[,<mask>]
	      Modify IPv4 addresses returned from upstream nameservers;	old-ip
	      is  replaced  by	new-ip.	If the optional	mask is	given then any
	      address which matches the	masked old-ip will be re-written.  So,
	      for   instance  --alias=,,  will  map to and	 to	This  is  what
	      Cisco  PIX  routers call "DNS doctoring".	If the old IP is given
	      as range,	then only addresses in the range, rather than a	 whole
	      subnet,		   are		    re-written.		    So
	      --alias=,,	  maps> to>

       -B, --bogus-nxdomain=<ipaddr>[/prefix]
	      Transform	 replies which contain the specified address or	subnet
	      into "No such domain" replies. IPv4 and IPv6 are supported. This
	      is  intended  to	counteract  a devious move made	by Verisign in
	      September	2003 when they started returning the address of	an ad-
	      vertising	 web  page  in	response  to  queries for unregistered
	      names, instead of	the correct  NXDOMAIN  response.  This	option
	      tells dnsmasq to fake the	correct	response when it sees this be-
	      haviour. As at Sept  2003	 the  IP  address  being  returned  by
	      Verisign is

	      Ignore  replies to A or AAAA queries which include the specified
	      address or subnet.  No error is generated, dnsmasq  simply  con-
	      tinues  to  listen  for another reply.  This is useful to	defeat
	      blocking strategies which	rely on	quickly	supplying a forged an-
	      swer to a	DNS request for	certain	domain,	before the correct an-
	      swer can arrive.

       -f, --filterwin2k
	      Later versions of	windows	make periodic DNS requests which don't
	      get  sensible answers from the public DNS	and can	cause problems
	      by triggering dial-on-demand links. This flag turns on an	option
	      to filter	such requests. The requests blocked are	for records of
	      type ANY where the requested name	has underscores, to catch LDAP
	      requests,	and for	all records of types SOA and SRV.

	      Remove  A	 records  from	answers. No IPv4 addresses will	be re-

	      Remove AAAA records from answers.	No IPv6	addresses will be  re-

       -r, --resolv-file=<file>
	      Read  the	 IP addresses of the upstream nameservers from <file>,
	      instead of /etc/resolv.conf. For the format of this file see re-
	      solv.conf(5).  The only lines relevant to	dnsmasq	are nameserver
	      ones. Dnsmasq can	be told	to  poll  more	than  one  resolv.conf
	      file, the	first file name	 specified overrides the default, sub-
	      sequent ones add to the list. This is only allowed when polling;
	      the  file	with the currently latest modification time is the one

       -R, --no-resolv
	      Don't read /etc/resolv.conf. Get upstream	servers	only from  the
	      command line or the dnsmasq configuration	file.

       -1, --enable-dbus[=<service-name>]
	      Allow dnsmasq configuration to be	updated	via DBus method	calls.
	      The configuration	which can be changed is	upstream  DNS  servers
	      (and  corresponding domains) and cache clear. Requires that dns-
	      masq has been built with DBus support. If	the  service  name  is
	      given,  dnsmasq  provides	 service at that name, rather than the
	      default which is

	      Enable dnsmasq UBus interface. It	sends notifications  via  UBus
	      on DHCPACK and DHCPRELEASE events. Furthermore it	offers metrics
	      and allows configuration of Linux	connection  track  mark	 based
	      filtering.   When	 DNS query filtering based on Linux connection
	      track marks is enabled UBus notifications	are generated for each
	      resolved	or filtered DNS	query.	Requires that dnsmasq has been
	      built with UBus support. If the service name is  given,  dnsmasq
	      provides	service	 at  that  namespace,  rather than the default
	      which is dnsmasq

       -o, --strict-order
	      By default, dnsmasq will send queries to	any  of	 the  upstream
	      servers  it  knows  about	 and  tries to favour servers that are
	      known to be up. Setting this flag	forces	dnsmasq	 to  try  each
	      query  with  each	 server	 strictly  in the order	they appear in

	      By default, when dnsmasq	has  more  than	 one  upstream	server
	      available, it will send queries to just one server. Setting this
	      flag forces  dnsmasq  to	send  all  queries  to	all  available
	      servers.	The  reply from	the server which answers first will be
	      returned to the original requester.

	      Enable code to detect DNS	forwarding  loops;  ie	the  situation
	      where  a query sent to one of the	upstream server	eventually re-
	      turns as a new query to the dnsmasq instance. The	process	 works
	      by  generating  TXT  queries  of the form	<hex>.test and sending
	      them to each upstream server. The	hex is a UID which encodes the
	      instance of dnsmasq sending the query and	the upstream server to
	      which it was sent. If the	query returns to the server which sent
	      it,  then	 the upstream server through which it was sent is dis-
	      abled and	this event is logged. Each time	the  set  of  upstream
	      servers  changes,	 the  test is re-run on	all of them, including
	      ones which were previously disabled.

	      Reject (and log) addresses from upstream nameservers  which  are
	      in the private ranges. This blocks an attack where a browser be-
	      hind a firewall is used to probe machines	on the local  network.
	      For  IPv6, the private range covers the IPv4-mapped addresses in
	      private space plus all link-local	(LL) and site-local (ULA)  ad-

	      Exempt  and ::1 from	rebinding checks. This address
	      range is returned	by realtime black hole servers,	so blocking it
	      may disable these	services.

	      Do  not detect and block dns-rebind on queries to	these domains.
	      The argument may be either a single domain, or multiple  domains
	      surrounded  by  '/', like	the --server syntax, eg.  --rebind-do-

       -n, --no-poll
	      Don't poll /etc/resolv.conf for changes.

	      Whenever /etc/resolv.conf	is re-read or the upstream servers are
	      set  via	DBus,  clear  the  DNS cache.  This is useful when new
	      nameservers may have different data than that held in cache.

       -D, --domain-needed
	      Tells dnsmasq to never forward  A	 or  AAAA  queries  for	 plain
	      names, without dots or domain parts, to upstream nameservers. If
	      the name is not known from /etc/hosts or DHCP then a "not	found"
	      answer is	returned.

       -S,  --local, --server=[/[<domain>]/[domain/]][<ipaddr>[#<port>]][@<in-
	      Specify IP address of upstream servers  directly.	 Setting  this
	      flag does	not suppress reading of	/etc/resolv.conf, use --no-re-
	      solv to do that. If one or more optional domains are given, that
	      server  is used only for those domains and they are queried only
	      using the	specified server. This is intended for	private	 name-
	      servers:	if  you	 have a	nameserver on your network which deals
	      with  names  of  the  form   at  then	 giving	  the  flag --server=/internal.thekel- will send	all queries for	 internal  ma-
	      chines  to  that	nameserver,  everything	 else  will  go	to the
	      servers in /etc/resolv.conf. DNSSEC validation is	turned off for
	      such  private  nameservers, UNLESS a --trust-anchor is specified
	      for the domain in	question. An empty  domain  specification,  //
	      has  the	special	 meaning  of "unqualified names	only" ie names
	      without any dots in them.	A non-standard port may	 be  specified
	      as  part	of  the	IP address using a # character.	 More than one
	      --server flag is allowed,	with repeated domain or	 ipaddr	 parts
	      as required.

	      More  specific  domains  take  precedence	over less specific do-
	      mains,		 so:		  --server=/
	      --server=/	  will	  send	 queries   for and to,  but
	      will go to

	      Matching	of  domains  is	 normally  done	on complete labels, so
	      / matches and but  NOT  su- This can be overridden with a * at	the start of a
	      pattern  only:   /*   will   match   and  AND  The non-wildcard form has
	      priority,	so if / and /* are  both	speci-
	      fied  then and will match /
	      and /*	will only match

	      For historical reasons, the pattern /	is  equivalent
	      to / if you wish to match any subdomain of
	      but NOT itself, use /*

	      The  special  server  address  '#'  means,  "use	the   standard
	      servers",		    so		  --server=/
	      --server=/ will send queries for  and
	      its subdomains to, except (and its	subdo-
	      mains) which will	be forwarded as	usual.

	      Also permitted is	a -S flag which	gives a	domain but no  IP  ad-
	      dress;  this tells dnsmasq that a	domain is local	and it may an-
	      swer queries from	/etc/hosts or DHCP but	should	never  forward
	      queries  on  that	 domain	to any upstream	servers.  --local is a
	      synonym for --server to make configuration files clearer in this

	      IPv6   addresses	 may   include	 an  %interface	 scope-id,  eg

	      The optional string after	the @ character	tells dnsmasq  how  to
	      set  the source of the queries to	this nameserver. It can	either
	      be an ip-address,	an interface  name  or	both.  The  ip-address
	      should belong to the machine on which dnsmasq is running,	other-
	      wise this	server line will be logged and then ignored. If	an in-
	      terface name is given, then queries to the server	will be	forced
	      via that interface; if an	ip-address is given  then  the	source
	      address  of the queries will be set to that address; and if both
	      are given	then a combination of ip-address  and  interface  name
	      will  be	used  to steer requests	to the server.	The query-port
	      flag is ignored for any servers  which  have  a  source  address
	      specified	 but the port may be specified directly	as part	of the
	      source address. Forcing queries to an interface  is  not	imple-
	      mented on	all platforms supported	by dnsmasq.

	      This is functionally the same as	--server,  but	provides  some
	      syntactic	 sugar to make specifying address-to-name queries eas-
	      ier. For example --rev-server=, is  exactly
	      equivalent  to  --server=/ Allowed
	      prefix lengths are 1-32 (IPv4) and 1-128 (IPv6). If  the	prefix
	      length  is  omitted, dnsmasq substitutes either 32 (IPv4)	or 128

       -A, --address=/<domain>[/<domain>...]/[<ipaddr>]
	      Specify an IP address to return for any host in  the  given  do-
	      mains.   A  (or AAAA) queries in the domains are never forwarded
	      and always replied to with the specified IP address which	may be
	      IPv4  or	IPv6. To give multiple addresses or both IPv4 and IPv6
	      addresses	for a domain, use repeated --address flags.  Note that
	      /etc/hosts and DHCP leases override this for individual names. A
	      common use of this is to redirect	the entire do-
	      main  to some friendly local web server to avoid banner ads. The
	      domain specification works in the	same way as for	--server, with
	      the  additional facility that /#/	matches	any domain. Thus --ad-
	      dress=/#/ will always return for  any  query  not
	      answered	from  /etc/hosts  or  DHCP and not sent	to an upstream
	      nameserver  by  a	 more  specific	 --server  directive.  As  for
	      --server,	one or more domains with no address returns a no-such-
	      domain  answer,  so  --address=/  is	equivalent  to
	      --server=/  and returns NXDOMAIN for and
	      all its subdomains. An address specified as  '#'	translates  to
	      the  NULL	 address  of and its IPv6 equivalent of :: so
	      --address=/ will return NULL	 addresses  for	 exam-  and  its	subdomains. This is partly syntactic sugar for
	      --address=/ and --address=/ but
	      is  also more efficient than including both as separate configu-
	      ration lines. Note that NULL addresses normally work in the same
	      way  as localhost, so beware that	clients	looking	up these names
	      are likely to end	up talking to themselves.

	      Note that	the behaviour for queries which	don't match the	speci-
	      fied  address  literal  changed  in version 2.86.	 Previous ver-
	      sions, configured	with (eg)  --address=/  and
	      then  queried  for  a RR type other than A would return a	NoData
	      answer. From  2.86, the query is sent upstream. To  restore  the
	      pre-2.86	 behaviour,  use  the  configuration  --address=/exam- --local=/

	      Places the resolved IP addresses of queries for one or more  do-
	      mains  in	 the  specified	Netfilter IP set. If multiple setnames
	      are given, then the addresses are	placed in each of  them,  sub-
	      ject  to	the limitations	of an IP set (IPv4 addresses cannot be
	      stored in	an IPv6	IP set and vice	versa).	  Domains  and	subdo-
	      mains  are  matched in the same way as --address.	 These IP sets
	      must already exist. See ipset(8) for more	details.

	      Similar  to the --ipset option, but accepts one or more nftables
	      sets to add IP addresses into.  These sets must  already	exist.
	      See  nft(8)  for	more  details.	The  family, table and set are
	      passed directly to the nft. If the spec starts  with  4#	or  6#
	      then  only  A or AAAA records respectively are added to the set.
	      Since an nftset can hold	only  IPv4  or	IPv6  addresses,  this
	      avoids errors being logged for addresses of the wrong type.

	      Enables  filtering of incoming DNS queries with associated Linux
	      connection track marks according to individual  allowlists  con-
	      figured via a series of --connmark-allowlist options. Disallowed
	      queries are not forwarded; they are rejected with	a REFUSED  er-
	      ror  code.   DNS queries are only	allowed	if they	do not have an
	      associated Linux connection track	mark, or if  the  queried  do-
	      mains match the configured DNS patterns for the associated Linux
	      connection track mark. If	no allowlist is	configured for a Linux
	      connection track mark, all DNS queries associated	with that mark
	      are rejected.  If	a mask is specified,  Linux  connection	 track
	      marks  are  first	bitwise	ANDed with the given mask before being

	      Configures the DNS patterns that are allowed in DNS queries  as-
	      sociated	with the given Linux connection	track mark.  If	a mask
	      is specified, Linux connection track  marks  are	first  bitwise
	      ANDed  with the given mask before	they are compared to the given
	      connection track mark.  Patterns follow the syntax of DNS	names,
	      but  additionally	allow the wildcard character "*" to be used up
	      to twice per label to match 0 or more characters within that la-
	      bel.  Note that the wildcard never matches a dot (e.g., "*.exam-"	matches	 ""   but   not	 ""). Patterns must be fully	qualified, i.e., consist of at
	      least two	labels.	The final label	must not be fully numeric, and
	      must  not	 be the	"local"	pseudo-TLD. A pattern must end with at
	      least two	literal	(non-wildcard) labels.	Instead	of a  pattern,
	      "*"  can be specified to disable allowlist filtering for a given
	      Linux connection track mark entirely.

       -m, --mx-host=<mx name>[[,<hostname>],<preference>]
	      Return an	MX record named	<mx name> pointing to the given	 host-
	      name (if given), or the host specified in	the --mx-target	switch
	      or, if that switch is not	given, the host	on  which  dnsmasq  is
	      running.	The  default is	useful for directing mail from systems
	      on a LAN to a central server. The	preference value is  optional,
	      and  defaults  to	1 if not given.	More than one MX record	may be
	      given for	a host.

       -t, --mx-target=<hostname>
	      Specify the default target for the MX record  returned  by  dns-
	      masq.  See  --mx-host.   If  --mx-target is given, but not --mx-
	      host, then dnsmasq returns a MX record containing	the MX	target
	      for  MX  queries on the hostname of the machine on which dnsmasq
	      is running.

       -e, --selfmx
	      Return an	MX record pointing to itself for each  local  machine.
	      Local machines are those in /etc/hosts or	with DHCP leases.

       -L, --localmx
	      Return  an  MX  record pointing to the host given	by --mx-target
	      (or the machine on which dnsmasq is running) for each local  ma-
	      chine.  Local  machines  are  those  in  /etc/hosts or with DHCP

       -W, --srv-host=<_service>.<_prot>.[<domain>],[<target>[,<port>[,<prior-
	      Return  a	 SRV  DNS record. See RFC2782 for details. If not sup-
	      plied, the domain	defaults to that given by --domain.   The  de-
	      fault  for  the target domain is empty, and the default for port
	      is one and the defaults for weight and  priority	are  zero.  Be
	      careful  if  transposing	data  from  BIND zone files: the port,
	      weight and priority numbers are in a different order. More  than
	      one  SRV	record for a given service/domain is allowed, all that
	      match are	returned.

	      Add  A,  AAAA  and PTR records to	the DNS. This adds one or more
	      names to the DNS	with  associated  IPv4	(A)  and  IPv6	(AAAA)
	      records.	A  name	 may appear in more than one --host-record and
	      therefore	be assigned more than one address. Only	the first  ad-
	      dress creates a PTR record linking the address to	the name. This
	      is the same rule as is used reading hosts-files.	 --host-record
	      options  are  considered to be read before host-files, so	a name
	      appearing	there inhibits PTR-record creation if  it  appears  in
	      hosts-file  also.	 Unlike	 hosts-files,  names are not expanded,
	      even when	--expand-hosts is in effect. Short and long names  may
	      appear in	the same --host-record,	eg.  --host-record=laptop,lap-,,1234::100

	      If the time-to-live is given, it overrides the default, which is
	      zero  or the value of --local-ttl. The value is a	positive inte-
	      ger and gives the	time-to-live in	seconds.

	      Add A, AAAA and PTR records to the DNS in	the same subnet	as the
	      specified	 interface.  The  address  is derived from the network
	      part of each address associated with the interface, and the host
	      part  from the specified address.	For example --dynamic-host=ex-,,eth0  will,  when   eth0   has	 the   address
	      192.168.78.x and netmask give the name
	      an A record for The	same principle applies to IPv6
	      addresses.  Note that if an interface has	more than one address,
	      more than	one A or AAAA record will be created. The TTL  of  the
	      records  is  always zero,	and any	changes	to interface addresses
	      will be immediately reflected in them.

       -Y, --txt-record=<name>[[,<text>],<text>]
	      Return a TXT DNS record. The value of TXT	record	is  a  set  of
	      strings,	so   any  number may be	included, delimited by commas;
	      use quotes to put	commas into a string. Note  that  the  maximum
	      length  of a single string is 255	characters, longer strings are
	      split into 255 character chunks.

	      Return a PTR DNS record.

	      Return an	NAPTR DNS record, as specified in RFC3403.

	      Return a CAA DNS record, as specified in RFC6844.

	      Return  a	 CNAME	record	which indicates	that <cname> is	really
	      <target>.	There is a significant limitation on  the  target;  it
	      must  be	a  DNS	record which is	known to dnsmasq and NOT a DNS
	      record which comes from an upstream server. The  cname  must  be
	      unique, but it is	permissible to have more than one cname	point-
	      ing to the same target. Indeed it's possible to declare multiple
	      cnames	to   a	 target	  in   a   single   line,   like   so:

	      If the time-to-live is given, it overrides the default, which is
	      zero  or the value of --local-ttl. The value is a	positive inte-
	      ger and gives the	time-to-live in	seconds.

       --dns-rr=<name>,<RR-number>,[<hex data>]
	      Return an	arbitrary DNS Resource Record. The number is the  type
	      of  the record (which is always in the C_IN class). The value of
	      the record is given by the hex data, which may be	 of  the  form
	      01:23:45 or 01 23	45 or 012345 or	any mixture of these.

	      Return  DNS records associating the name with the	address(es) of
	      the given	interface. This	flag specifies an A or AAAA record for
	      the  given  name	in  the	same way as an /etc/hosts line,	except
	      that the address is not constant,	but taken from the  given  in-
	      terface.	The interface may be followed by "/4" or "/6" to spec-
	      ify that only IPv4 or IPv6 addresses of the interface should  be
	      used.  If	the interface is down, not configured or non-existent,
	      an empty record is returned. The matching	 PTR  record  is  also
	      created,	mapping	 the  interface	address	to the name. More than
	      one name may be associated with an interface address by  repeat-
	      ing  the	flag;  in that case the	first instance is used for the
	      reverse address-to-name mapping. Note that a name	used in	 --in-
	      terface-name may not appear in /etc/hosts.

       --synth-domain=<domain>,<address	range>[,<prefix>[*]]
	      Create  artificial  A/AAAA and PTR records for an	address	range.
	      The records either seqential numbers or the address, with	 peri-
	      ods (or colons for IPv6) replaced	with dashes.

	      An  examples should make this clearer. First sequential numbers.,,,in-
	      ternal-*	results	 in the	name re-
	      turning,   returning  and	so on. (note the *) The	same principle applies
	      to IPv6 addresses	(where the numbers may be very large). Reverse
	      lookups from address to name behave as expected.

	      nal-   (no   *)	will   result	in   a	 query	 for	inter-  returning and a
	      reverse query vice versa.	The same applies to IPv6, but IPv6 ad-
	      dresses  may  start  with	'::' but DNS labels may	not start with
	      '-' so in	this case if no	prefix is configured a zero  is	 added
	      in front of the label. ::1 becomes 0--1.

	      V4  mapped  IPv6	addresses,  which  have	 a representation like
	      ::ffff:  are   handled   specially,   and	 become	  like

	      The  address  range  can be of the form <start address>,<end ad-
	      dress> or	<ip address>/<prefix-length> in	both forms of the  op-
	      tion. For	IPv6 the start and end addresses must fall in the same
	      /64 network, or prefix-length must be greater than or  equal  to
	      64  except  that shorter prefix lengths than 64 are allowed only
	      if non-sequential	names are in use.

	      Specify the location of a	pcap-format file which dnsmasq uses to
	      dump  copies  of	network	packets	for debugging purposes.	If the
	      file exists when dnsmasq starts, it is not deleted; new  packets
	      are added	to the end.

	      Specify  which types of packets should be	added to the dumpfile.
	      The argument should be the OR of the bitmasks for	each  type  of
	      packet to	be dumped: it can be specified in hex by preceding the
	      number with 0x in	 the normal way. Each time a packet is written
	      to  the  dumpfile, dnsmasq logs the packet sequence and the mask
	      representing its type. The  current  types  are:	0x0001	-  DNS
	      queries  from  clients,  0x0002 DNS replies to clients, 0x0004 -
	      DNS queries to upstream, 0x0008 -	 DNS  replies  from  upstream,
	      0x0010  -	 queries send upstream for DNSSEC validation, 0x0020 -
	      replies to queries for DNSSEC validation,	0x0040	-  replies  to
	      client  queries  which fail DNSSEC validation, 0x0080 replies to
	      queries for DNSSEC validation which fail	validation,  0x1000  -
	      DHCPv4, 0x2000 - DHCPv6, 0x4000 -	Router advertisement, 0x8000 -

	      Add the MAC address of the requestor to DNS  queries  which  are
	      forwarded	upstream. This may be used to DNS filtering by the up-
	      stream server. The MAC address can only  be  added  if  the  re-
	      questor  is  on the same subnet as the dnsmasq server. Note that
	      the mechanism used to achieve this (an EDNS0 option) is not  yet
	      standardised,  so	 this  should be considered experimental. Also
	      note that	exposing MAC addresses in this way may	have  security
	      and  privacy  implications.  The warning about caching given for
	      --add-subnet applies to --add-mac	too. An	 alternative  encoding
	      of the MAC, as base64, is	enabled	by adding the "base64" parame-
	      ter and a	human-readable encoding	of hex-and-colons  is  enabled
	      by added the "text" parameter.

	      Remove any MAC address information already in downstream queries
	      before forwarding	upstream.

	      Add an arbitrary identifying string to  DNS  queries  which  are
	      forwarded	upstream.

       --add-subnet[[=[<IPv4   address>/]<IPv4	 prefix	 length>][,[<IPv6  ad-
       dress>/]<IPv6 prefix length>]]
	      Add a subnet address to the DNS queries which are	forwarded  up-
	      stream. If an address is specified in the	flag, it will be used,
	      otherwise, the address of	the requestor will be used. The	amount
	      of the address forwarded depends on the prefix length parameter:
	      32 (128 for IPv6)	forwards the whole address, zero forwards none
	      of it but	still marks the	request	so that	no upstream nameserver
	      will add client address information either. The default is  zero
	      for  both	 IPv4  and IPv6. Note that upstream nameservers	may be
	      configured to return different results based  on	this  informa-
	      tion,  but  the  dnsmasq cache does not take account. Caching is
	      therefore	disabled for such replies, unless the  subnet  address
	      being added is constant.

	      For example, --add-subnet=24,96 will add the /24 and /96 subnets
	      of the requestor for IPv4	 and  IPv6  requestors,	 respectively.
	      --add-subnet=  will add for IPv4 requestors
	      and     ::/0     for	IPv6	  requestors.	    --add-sub-
	      net=,	 will add for both IPv4 and
	      IPv6 requestors.

	      Remove any subnet	address	already	present	in a downstream	 query
	      before  forwarding it upstream. If --add-subnet is set this also
	      ensures that any downstream-provided subnet is replaced  by  the
	      one added	by dnsmasq. Otherwise, dnsmasq will NOT	replace	an ex-
	      isting subnet in the query.

	      Embeds the requestor's IP	address	in DNS queries	forwarded  up-
	      stream.  If device id or,	asset id or organization id are	speci-
	      fied, the	information is included	in the forwarded  queries  and
	      may  be able to be used in filtering policies and	reporting. The
	      order of the id attributes is irrelevant,	but they must be sepa-
	      rated  by	 a comma. Deviceid is a	sixteen	digit hexadecimal num-
	      ber, org and asset ids are decimal numbers.

       -c, --cache-size=<cachesize>
	      Set the size of dnsmasq's	cache. The default is 150 names.  Set-
	      ting  the	 cache size to zero disables caching. Note: huge cache
	      size impacts performance.

       -N, --no-negcache
	      Disable negative caching.	Negative caching allows	dnsmasq	to re-
	      member  "no  such	 domain" answers from upstream nameservers and
	      answer identical queries without forwarding them again.

       -0, --dns-forward-max=<queries>
	      Set the maximum number of	concurrent DNS	queries.  The  default
	      value  is	 150,  which  should be	fine for most setups. The only
	      known situation where this needs to be increased is  when	 using
	      web-server  log file resolvers, which can	generate large numbers
	      of concurrent queries. This parameter actually controls the num-
	      ber of concurrent	queries	per server group, where	a server group
	      is the set of server(s) associated with a	single domain. So if a
	      domain has it's own server via --server=/ and is not responding, but queries for *	cannot
	      go  elsewhere,  then other queries will not be affected. On con-
	      figurations with many such server	groups	and  tight  resources,
	      this value may need to be	reduced.

	      Validate	DNS replies and	cache DNSSEC data. When	forwarding DNS
	      queries, dnsmasq requests	the DNSSEC records needed to  validate
	      the  replies.  The replies are validated and the result returned
	      as the Authenticated Data	bit in the DNS packet. In addition the
	      DNSSEC  records  are  stored  in the cache, making validation by
	      clients more efficient. Note that	validation by clients  is  the
	      most  secure  DNSSEC  mode, but for clients unable to do valida-
	      tion, use	of the AD bit set by dnsmasq is	useful,	provided  that
	      the  network  between  the  dnsmasq  server  and	the  client is
	      trusted. Dnsmasq must be compiled	with HAVE_DNSSEC enabled,  and
	      DNSSEC  trust anchors provided, see --trust-anchor.  Because the
	      DNSSEC validation	process	uses the cache,	it is not permitted to
	      reduce  the cache	size below the default when DNSSEC is enabled.
	      The nameservers upstream of dnsmasq must be  DNSSEC-capable,  ie
	      capable  of returning DNSSEC records with	data. If they are not,
	      then dnsmasq will	not be able to determine the trusted status of
	      answers and this means that DNS service will be entirely broken.

	      Provide DS records to act	a trust	anchors	for DNSSEC validation.
	      Typically	 these will be the DS record(s)	for Key	Signing	key(s)
	      (KSK) of the root	zone, but trust	anchors	 for  limited  domains
	      are  also	 possible.  The	current	root-zone trust	anchors	may be
	      downloaded   from

	      As  a  default, dnsmasq checks that unsigned DNS replies are le-
	      gitimate:	this entails possible extra queries even for  the  ma-
	      jority  of  DNS  zones  which are	not, at	the moment, signed. If
	      --dnssec-check-unsigned=no appears in  the  configuration,  then
	      such replies they	are assumed to be valid	and passed on (without
	      the "authentic data" bit set, of course).	This does not  protect
	      against  an  attacker  forging  unsigned	replies	for signed DNS
	      zones, but it is fast.

	      Versions of dnsmasq prior	to 2.80	defaulted to not checking  un-
	      signed  replies, and used	--dnssec-check-unsigned	to switch this
	      on. Such configurations will continue to	work  as  before,  but
	      those  which used	the default of no checking will	need to	be al-
	      tered to explicitly select no checking. The new default  is  be-
	      cause  switching off checking for	unsigned replies is inherently
	      dangerous. Not only  does	 it  open  the	possiblity  of	forged
	      replies,	but  it	allows everything to appear to be working even
	      when the upstream	namesevers do not support DNSSEC, and in  this
	      case no DNSSEC validation	at all is occurring.

	      DNSSEC signatures	are only valid for specified time windows, and
	      should be	rejected outside those windows.	This generates an  in-
	      teresting	 chicken-and-egg problem for machines which don't have
	      a	hardware real time clock. For these machines to	determine  the
	      correct  time  typically	requires use of	NTP and	therefore DNS,
	      but validating DNS requires that the  correct  time  is  already
	      known. Setting this flag removes the time-window checks (but not
	      other DNSSEC validation.)	only until  the	 dnsmasq  process  re-
	      ceives  SIGINT.  The intention is	that dnsmasq should be started
	      with this	flag when the platform determines that	reliable  time
	      is  not  currently available. As soon as reliable	time is	estab-
	      lished, a	SIGINT should be sent to dnsmasq, which	 enables  time
	      checking,	 and  purges  the  cache of DNS	records	which have not
	      been thoroughly checked.

	      Earlier versions of dnsmasq overloaded  SIGHUP  (which  re-reads
	      much configuration) to also enable time validation.

	      If  dnsmasq  is run in debug mode	(--no-daemon flag) then	SIGINT
	      retains its usual	meaning	of terminating the dnsmasq process.

	      Enables an alternative way of checking the validity of the  sys-
	      tem  time	 for DNSSEC (see --dnssec-no-timecheck). In this case,
	      the system time is considered to be valid	once it	becomes	 later
	      than  the	 timestamp  on the specified file. The file is created
	      and its timestamp	set automatically by dnsmasq. The file must be
	      stored  on a persistent filesystem, so that it and its mtime are
	      carried over system restarts. The	timestamp file is created  af-
	      ter  dnsmasq  has	 dropped  root,	 so  it	 must be in a location
	      writable by the unprivileged user	that dnsmasq runs as.

	      Copy the DNSSEC Authenticated Data bit from upstream servers  to
	      downstream  clients.   This  is an alternative to	having dnsmasq
	      validate DNSSEC, but it depends on the security of  the  network
	      between  dnsmasq	and the	upstream servers, and the trustworthi-
	      ness of the upstream servers. Note that  caching	the  Authenti-
	      cated  Data bit correctly	in all cases is	not technically	possi-
	      ble. If the AD bit is to be relied upon when using this  option,
	      then  the	cache should be	disabled using --cache-size=0. In most
	      cases, enabling DNSSEC validation	within dnsmasq is a better op-
	      tion. See	--dnssec for details.

	      Set  debugging  mode for the DNSSEC validation, set the Checking
	      Disabled bit on upstream	queries,  and  don't  convert  replies
	      which  do	 not validate to responses with	a return code of SERV-
	      FAIL. Note that setting this may affect  DNS  behaviour  in  bad
	      ways,  it	 is not	an extra-logging flag and should not be	set in

       --auth-zone=<domain>[,<subnet>[/<prefix	   length>][,<subnet>[/<prefix
       length>].....][,exclude:<subnet>[/<prefix length>]].....]
	      Define  a	 DNS  zone  for	 which	dnsmasq	 acts as authoritative
	      server. Locally defined DNS records which	are in the domain will
	      be served. If subnet(s) are given, A and AAAA records must be in
	      one of the specified subnets.

	      As alternative to	directly specifying the	subnets, it's possible
	      to  give the name	of an interface, in which case the subnets im-
	      plied by that interface's	configured addresses and  netmask/pre-
	      fix-length  are used; this is useful when	using constructed DHCP
	      ranges as	the actual address is dynamic and not known when  con-
	      figuring	dnsmasq.  The  interface  addresses may	be confined to
	      only IPv6	addresses using	<interface>/6 or to  only  IPv4	 using
	      <interface>/4.  This is useful when an interface has dynamically
	      determined global	IPv6 addresses	which  should  appear  in  the
	      zone,  but  RFC1918 IPv4 addresses which should not.  Interface-
	      name and	address-literal	 subnet	 specifications	 may  be  used
	      freely in	the same --auth-zone declaration.

	      It's possible to exclude certain IP addresses from responses. It
	      can be used, to make  sure  that	answers	 contain  only	global
	      routeable	 IP  addresses (by excluding loopback, RFC1918 and ULA

	      The subnet(s) are	also used to define and
	      domains  which are served	for reverse-DNS	queries. If not	speci-
	      fied, the	prefix length defaults to 24 for IPv4 and 64 for IPv6.
	      For  IPv4	subnets, the prefix length should be have the value 8,
	      16 or 24 unless you are familiar with RFC	2317 and have arranged
	      the delegation accordingly. Note that if no subnets
	      are specified, then no reverse queries are answered.

	      Specify fields in	the SOA	record associated  with	 authoritative
	      zones.  Note  that  this	is optional, all the values are	set to
	      sane defaults.

	      Specify any secondary servers for	a zone for  which  dnsmasq  is
	      authoritative. These servers must	be configured to get zone data
	      from dnsmasq by zone transfer, and answer	queries	for  the  same
	      authoritative zones as dnsmasq.

	      Specify  the addresses of	secondary servers which	are allowed to
	      initiate zone transfer (AXFR) requests for zones for which  dns-
	      masq  is	authoritative. If this option is not given but --auth-
	      sec-servers is, then AXFR	requests will  be  accepted  from  any
	      secondary. Specifying --auth-peer	without	--auth-sec-servers en-
	      ables zone transfer but does not advertise the secondary	in  NS
	      records returned by dnsmasq.

	      Read  the	 Linux	connection track mark associated with incoming
	      DNS queries and set the same mark	value on upstream traffic used
	      to  answer  those	queries. This allows traffic generated by dns-
	      masq to be associated with the queries which  cause  it,	useful
	      for bandwidth accounting and firewalling.	Dnsmasq	must have con-
	      ntrack support compiled in and the kernel	 must  have  conntrack
	      support  included	and configured.	This option cannot be combined
	      with --query-port.

       -F,	      --dhcp-range=[tag:<tag>[,tag:<tag>],][set:<tag>,]<start-
       addr>[,<end-addr>|<mode>[,<netmask>[,<broadcast>]]][,<lease time>]

       -F,	      --dhcp-range=[tag:<tag>[,tag:<tag>],][set:<tag>,]<start-
       len>][,<lease time>]

	      Enable  the  DHCP	 server.  Addresses will be given out from the
	      range <start-addr> to <end-addr> and from	statically defined ad-
	      dresses  given  in  --dhcp-host  options.	 If  the lease time is
	      given, then leases will be given for that	length	of  time.  The
	      lease  time  is in seconds, or minutes (eg 45m) or hours (eg 1h)
	      or days (2d) or weeks (1w) or "infinite".	If not given, the  de-
	      fault  lease time	is one hour for	IPv4 and one day for IPv6. The
	      minimum lease time is two	minutes. For IPv6  ranges,  the	 lease
	      time  maybe  "deprecated"; this sets the preferred lifetime sent
	      in a DHCP	lease or router	advertisement to  zero,	 which	causes
	      clients  to  use	other addresses, if available, for new connec-
	      tions as a prelude to renumbering.

	      This option may be repeated, with	different addresses, to	enable
	      DHCP  service  to	 more than one network.	For directly connected
	      networks (ie, networks on	which the machine running dnsmasq  has
	      an interface) the	netmask	is optional: dnsmasq will determine it
	      from the interface configuration.	 For  networks	which  receive
	      DHCP  service  via  a  relay agent, dnsmasq cannot determine the
	      netmask itself, so it should  be	specified,  otherwise  dnsmasq
	      will  have  to guess, based on the class (A, B or	C) of the net-
	      work address. The	broadcast address is always  optional.	It  is
	      always  allowed  to  have	more than one --dhcp-range in a	single

	      For IPv6,	the parameters are slightly different: instead of net-
	      mask  and	 broadcast address, there is an	optional prefix	length
	      which must be equal to or	larger then the	prefix length  on  the
	      local  interface.	 If not	given, this defaults to	64. Unlike the
	      IPv4 case, the prefix length is not automatically	 derived  from
	      the  interface  configuration.  The  minimum  size of the	prefix
	      length is	64.

	      IPv6 (only) supports another type	of range. In this,  the	 start
	      address  and  optional end address contain only the network part
	      (ie ::1) and they	are followed by	constructor:<interface>.  This
	      forms  a template	which describes	how to create ranges, based on
	      the addresses assigned to	the interface. For instance


	      will look	for addresses on eth0 and then	create	a  range  from
	      <network>::1  to	<network>::400.	 If  the interface is assigned
	      more than	one network, then the corresponding ranges will	be au-
	      tomatically  created,  and  then	deprecated and finally removed
	      again as the address is deprecated and then deleted. The	inter-
	      face  name may have a final "*" wildcard.	Note that just any ad-
	      dress on eth0 will not do: it must not be	an  autoconfigured  or
	      privacy address, or be deprecated.

	      If  a  --dhcp-range is only being	used for stateless DHCP	and/or
	      SLAAC, then the address can be simply ::


	      The optional set:<tag> sets an alphanumeric  label  which	 marks
	      this network so that DHCP	options	may be specified on a per-net-
	      work basis.  When	it is prefixed with 'tag:' instead,  then  its
	      meaning  changes from setting a tag to matching it. Only one tag
	      may be set, but more than	one tag	may be matched.

	      The optional <mode> keyword may be static	which tells dnsmasq to
	      enable  DHCP  for	 the network specified,	but not	to dynamically
	      allocate IP addresses: only hosts	which  have  static  addresses
	      given  via  --dhcp-host  or  from	 /etc/ethers will be served. A
	      static-only subnet with address all  zeros  may  be  used	 as  a
	      "catch-all" address to enable replies to all Information-request
	      packets on a subnet which	is provided with stateless DHCPv6,  ie

	      For  IPv4,  the  <mode>  may be proxy in which case dnsmasq will
	      provide proxy-DHCP on the	specified  subnet.  (See  --pxe-prompt
	      and --pxe-service	for details.)

	      For  IPv6,  the  mode may	be some	combination of ra-only,	slaac,
	      ra-names,	ra-stateless, ra-advrouter, off-link.

	      ra-only tells dnsmasq to offer Router Advertisement only on this
	      subnet, and not DHCP.

	      slaac tells dnsmasq to offer Router Advertisement	on this	subnet
	      and to set the A bit in the router advertisement,	 so  that  the
	      client  will use SLAAC addresses.	When used with a DHCP range or
	      static DHCP address this results in the  client  having  both  a
	      DHCP-assigned and	a SLAAC	address.

	      ra-stateless  sends  router advertisements with the O and	A bits
	      set, and provides	a stateless DHCP service. The client will  use
	      a	 SLAAC	address, and use DHCP for other	configuration informa-

	      ra-names enables a mode which  gives  DNS	 names	to  dual-stack
	      hosts  which  do	SLAAC  for  IPv6. Dnsmasq uses the host's IPv4
	      lease to derive the name,	network	segment	and  MAC  address  and
	      assumes  that the	host will also have an IPv6 address calculated
	      using the	SLAAC algorithm, on the	same network segment. The  ad-
	      dress  is	 pinged, and if	a reply	is received, an	AAAA record is
	      added to the DNS for this	IPv6 address. Note that	this  is  only
	      happens for directly-connected networks, (not one	doing DHCP via
	      a	relay) and it will not work if a host is using privacy	exten-
	      sions.  ra-names can be combined	with ra-stateless and slaac.

	      ra-advrouter enables a mode where	router address(es) rather than
	      prefix(es) are included in  the  advertisements.	 This  is  de-
	      scribed  in  RFC-3775 section 7.2	and is used in mobile IPv6. In
	      this mode	the interval option is also included, as described  in
	      RFC-3775 section 7.3.

	      off-link	tells  dnsmasq to advertise the	prefix without the on-
	      link (aka	L) bit set.

       -G,							       --dhcp-
	      Specify per host parameters for the DHCP server. This  allows  a
	      machine  with  a	particular hardware address to be always allo-
	      cated the	same hostname, IP address and lease time.  A  hostname
	      specified	like this overrides any	supplied by the	DHCP client on
	      the machine. It is also allowable	to omit	the  hardware  address
	      and include the hostname,	in which case the IP address and lease
	      times will apply to any machine claiming that name. For  example
	      --dhcp-host=00:20:e0:3b:13:af,wap,infinite tells dnsmasq to give
	      the machine with hardware	 address  00:20:e0:3b:13:af  the  name
	      wap,  and	an infinite DHCP lease.	 --dhcp-host=lap,
	      tells dnsmasq to always allocate the machine lap the IP  address

	      Addresses	 allocated  like this are not constrained to be	in the
	      range given by the --dhcp-range option, but they must be in  the
	      same  subnet  as some valid dhcp-range.  For subnets which don't
	      need a pool of dynamically allocated addresses, use the "static"
	      keyword in the --dhcp-range declaration.

	      It  is  allowed to use client identifiers	(called	client DUID in
	      IPv6-land) rather	than hardware addresses	to identify  hosts  by
	      prefixing	 with  'id:'.  Thus:  --dhcp-host=id:01:02:03:04,.....
	      refers to	the host with client  identifier  01:02:03:04.	It  is
	      also  allowed  to	 specify  the  client  ID  as text, like this:

	      A	single --dhcp-host may contain an IPv4 address or one or  more
	      IPv6  addresses,	or  both.  IPv6	addresses must be bracketed by
	      square brackets  thus:  --dhcp-host=laptop,[1234::56]  IPv6  ad-
	      dresses  may  contain  only  the	host-identifier	 part: --dhcp-
	      host=laptop,[::56] in which case they act	as wildcards  in  con-
	      structed	DHCP  ranges,  with  the  appropriate network part in-
	      serted. For IPv6,	 an  address  may  include  a  prefix  length:
	      --dhcp-host=laptop,[1234:50/126]	which (in this case) specifies
	      four addresses, 1234::50 to 1234::53. This (an  the  ability  to
	      specify  multiple	 addresses) is useful when a host presents ei-
	      ther a consistent	name or	hardware-ID, but varying DUIDs,	 since
	      it  allows  dnsmasq  to honour the static	address	allocation but
	      assign a different adddress for each DUID. This typically	occurs
	      when  chain  netbooting, as each stage of	the chain gets in turn
	      allocates	an address.

	      Note that	in IPv6	DHCP, the hardware address may not  be	avail-
	      able,  though  it	 normally  is for direct-connected clients, or
	      clients using DHCP relays	which support RFC 6939.

	      For DHCPv4, the  special option id:* means "ignore any client-id
	      and  use	MAC  addresses	only."	This  is  useful when a	client
	      presents a client-id sometimes but not others.

	      If a name	appears	in /etc/hosts, the associated address  can  be
	      allocated	 to  a	DHCP  lease,  but only if a --dhcp-host	option
	      specifying the name also exists. Only one	hostname can be	 given
	      in  a  --dhcp-host  option,  but	aliases	 are possible by using
	      CNAMEs. (See --cname ).

	      More than	one --dhcp-host	can be associated (by  name,  hardware
	      address  or  UID)	 with a	host. Which one	is used	(and therefore
	      which address is allocated by DHCP and appears in	the  DNS)  de-
	      pends  on	 the  subnet  on  which	 the host last obtained	a DHCP
	      lease: the --dhcp-host with an  address  within  the  subnet  is
	      used.  If	more than one address is within	the subnet, the	result
	      is undefined. A corollary	to this	is that	 the  name  associated
	      with  a  host using --dhcp-host does not appear in the DNS until
	      the host obtains a DHCP lease.

	      The special keyword "ignore" tells dnsmasq to never offer	a DHCP
	      lease to a machine. The machine can be specified by hardware ad-
	      dress,   client	ID   or	  hostname,   for   instance   --dhcp-
	      host=00:20:e0:3b:13:af,ignore  This  is useful when there	is an-
	      other DHCP server	on the network which should be	used  by  some

	      The  set:<tag>  construct	sets the tag whenever this --dhcp-host
	      directive	is in use. This	can be used to selectively  send  DHCP
	      options  just  for  this host. More than one tag can be set in a
	      --dhcp-host directive (but not in	other places where "set:<tag>"
	      is  allowed).  When a host matches any --dhcp-host directive (or
	      one implied by /etc/ethers) then the special tag "known" is set.
	      This allows dnsmasq to be	configured to ignore requests from un-
	      known  machines  using  --dhcp-ignore=tag:!known	If  the	  host
	      matches  only  a	--dhcp-host directive which cannot be used be-
	      cause it specifies an  address  on  different  subnet,  the  tag
	      "known-othernet" is set.

	      The  tag:<tag>  construct	filters	which dhcp-host	directives are
	      used; more than one can be provided, in this  case  the  request
	      must match all of	them. Tagged directives	are used in preference
	      to untagged ones.	Note that  one	of  <hwaddr>,  <client_id>  or
	      <hostname> still needs to	be specified (can be a wildcard).

	      Ethernet addresses (but not client-ids) may have wildcard	bytes,
	      so for example  --dhcp-host=00:20:e0:3b:13:*,ignore  will	 cause
	      dnsmasq  to  ignore a range of hardware addresses. Note that the
	      "*" will need to be escaped or quoted on a command line, but not
	      in the configuration file.

	      Hardware addresses normally match	any network (ARP) type,	but it
	      is possible to restrict them to a	single ARP type	 by  preceding
	      them   with   the	  ARP-type   (in  HEX)	and  "-".  so  --dhcp-
	      host=06-00:20:e0:3b:13:af,	will only match	 a  Token-Ring
	      hardware	address,  since	the ARP-address	type for token ring is

	      As a special case, in DHCPv4, it is  possible  to	 include  more
	      than	 one	  hardware	address.      eg:      --dhcp-
	      host=11:22:33:44:55:66,12:34:56:78:90:12, This	allows
	      an IP address to be associated with multiple hardware addresses,
	      and gives	dnsmasq	permission to abandon a	DHCP lease to  one  of
	      the hardware addresses when another one asks for a lease.	Beware
	      that this	is a dangerous thing to	do, it will only work reliably
	      if  only one of the hardware addresses is	active at any time and
	      there is no way for dnsmasq to enforce  this.  It	 is,  for  in-
	      stance, useful to	allocate a stable IP address to	a laptop which
	      has both wired and wireless interfaces.

	      Read DHCP	host information from the specified file. If a	direc-
	      tory  is given, then read	all the	files contained	in that	direc-
	      tory in alphabetical order. The file contains information	 about
	      one  host	 per line. The format of a line	is the same as text to
	      the right	of '=' in --dhcp-host. The advantage of	 storing  DHCP
	      host  information	in this	file is	that it	can be changed without
	      re-starting dnsmasq: the file will be re-read when  dnsmasq  re-
	      ceives SIGHUP.

	      Read  DHCP option	information from the specified file.  If a di-
	      rectory is given,	then read all the files	contained in that  di-
	      rectory  in  alphabetical	order. The advantage of	using this op-
	      tion is the same as for  --dhcp-hostsfile:  the  --dhcp-optsfile
	      will  be	re-read	 when dnsmasq receives SIGHUP. Note that it is
	      possible to encode the information in a --dhcp-boot flag as DHCP
	      options,	using  the  options names bootfile-name, server-ip-ad-
	      dress and	tftp-server. This allows these to  be  included	 in  a

	      This  is	equivalent to --dhcp-hostsfile,	except for the follow-
	      ing. The path MUST be a directory, and not an  individual	 file.
	      Changed  or  new	files  within the directory are	read automati-
	      cally, without the need to send SIGHUP.  If a file is deleted or
	      changed  after it	has been read by dnsmasq, then the host	record
	      it contained will	remain until dnsmasq receives a	SIGHUP,	or  is
	      restarted; ie host records are only added	dynamically. The order
	      in which the files in a directory	are read is not	defined.

	      This is equivalent  to  --dhcp-optsfile,	with  the  differences
	      noted for	--dhcp-hostsdir.

       -Z, --read-ethers
	      Read  /etc/ethers	 for  information  about  hosts	 for  the DHCP
	      server. The format of /etc/ethers	is a  hardware	address,  fol-
	      lowed  by	either a hostname or dotted-quad IP address. When read
	      by dnsmasq these lines have exactly the same effect  as  --dhcp-
	      host options containing the same information. /etc/ethers	is re-
	      read when	dnsmasq	receives SIGHUP. IPv6 addresses	are  NOT  read
	      from /etc/ethers.

       -O,  --dhcp-option=[tag:<tag>,[tag:<tag>,]][encap:<opt>,][vi-encap:<en-
	      Specify  different or extra options to DHCP clients. By default,
	      dnsmasq sends some standard options to DHCP clients, the netmask
	      and  broadcast  address  are set to the same as the host running
	      dnsmasq, and the DNS server and default route are	set to the ad-
	      dress  of	 the  machine running dnsmasq. (Equivalent rules apply
	      for IPv6.) If the	domain name option has been set, that is sent.
	      This  configuration  allows  these defaults to be	overridden, or
	      other options specified. The option, to be sent may be given  as
	      a	decimal	number or as "option:<option-name>" The	option numbers
	      are specified in RFC2132 and subsequent RFCs. The	set of option-
	      names  known  by	dnsmasq	 can be	discovered by running "dnsmasq
	      --help dhcp".  For example, to set the default route  option  to,  do	--dhcp-option=3, or --dhcp-option =
	      option:router, and to	set the	time-server address to,  do --dhcp-option = 42, or --dhcp-option
	      =	option:ntp-server, The special address  is
	      taken to mean "the address of the	machine	running	dnsmasq".

	      Data  types  allowed  are	 comma	separated dotted-quad IPv4 ad-
	      dresses, []-wrapped IPv6 addresses, a decimal number, colon-sep-
	      arated  hex  digits  and a text string. If the optional tags are
	      given then this option is	 only  sent  when  all	the  tags  are

	      Special processing is done on a text argument for	option 119, to
	      conform with RFC 3397. Text or dotted-quad IP addresses as argu-
	      ments  to	option 120 are handled as per RFC 3361.	Dotted-quad IP
	      addresses	which are followed by a	slash and then a netmask  size
	      are encoded as described in RFC 3442.

	      IPv6  options are	specified using	the option6: keyword, followed
	      by the option number or option name. The IPv6 option name	 space
	      is  disjoint  from the IPv4 option name space. IPv6 addresses in
	      options must be bracketed	with square brackets, eg.   --dhcp-op-
	      tion=option6:ntp-server,[1234::56]  For  IPv6,  [::]  means "the
	      global address of	the machine running dnsmasq", whilst  [fd00::]
	      is  replaced  with  the ULA, if it exists, and [fe80::] with the
	      link-local address.

	      Be careful: no checking is done that the correct	type  of  data
	      for  the option number is	sent, it is quite possible to persuade
	      dnsmasq to generate illegal DHCP packets with injudicious	use of
	      this  flag. When the value is a decimal number, dnsmasq must de-
	      termine how large	the data item is. It does  this	 by  examining
	      the option number	and/or the value, but can be overridden	by ap-
	      pending a	single letter flag as follows: b = one byte, s	=  two
	      bytes,  i	 = four	bytes. This is mainly useful with encapsulated
	      vendor class options (see	below) where dnsmasq cannot  determine
	      data  size  from	the  option number. Option data	which consists
	      solely of	periods	and digits will	be interpreted by  dnsmasq  as
	      an  IP  address, and inserted into an option as such. To force a
	      literal string, use quotes. For instance when using option 66 to
	      send  a  literal IP address as TFTP server name, it is necessary
	      to do --dhcp-option=66,""

	      Encapsulated Vendor-class	options	may also  be  specified	 (IPv4
	      only) using --dhcp-option: for instance --dhcp-option=vendor:PX-
	      EClient,1,	sends the encapsulated	vendor	class-specific
	      option  "mftp-address="  to any client whose vendor-class
	      matches "PXEClient".  The	 vendor-class  matching	 is  substring
	      based  (see  --dhcp-vendorclass  for details). If	a vendor-class
	      option (number 60) is sent by dnsmasq, then that is used for se-
	      lecting  encapsulated  options  in preference to any sent	by the
	      client. It is  possible  to  omit	 the  vendorclass  completely;
	      --dhcp-option=vendor:,1,  in  which case the encapsulated
	      option is	always sent.

	      Options may be encapsulated (IPv4	only)  within  other  options:
	      for  instance  --dhcp-option=encap:175,  190, iscsi-client0 will
	      send option 175, within which is the option 190. If multiple op-
	      tions are	given which are	encapsulated with the same option num-
	      ber then they will be correctly combined into  one  encapsulated
	      option.	encap: and vendor: are may not both be set in the same

	      The final	variant	on encapsulated	options	is "Vendor-Identifying
	      Vendor  Options" as specified by RFC3925.	These are denoted like
	      this: --dhcp-option=vi-encap:2, 10, text The number in  the  vi-
	      encap:  section  is  the IANA enterprise number used to identify
	      this option. This	form of	encapsulation is supported in IPv6.

	      The address is not treated specially in encapsulated op-

	      This works in exactly the	same way as --dhcp-option except  that
	      the  option will always be sent, even if the client does not ask
	      for it in	the parameter request list. This is sometimes  needed,
	      for example when sending options to PXELinux.

	      (IPv4  only)  Disable re-use of the DHCP servername and filename
	      fields as	extra option space. If it can, dnsmasq moves the  boot
	      server  and filename information (from --dhcp-boot) out of their
	      dedicated	fields into DHCP options. This make extra space	avail-
	      able in the DHCP packet for options but can, rarely, confuse old
	      or broken	clients. This flag forces "simple and safe"  behaviour
	      to avoid problems	in such	a case.

       --dhcp-relay=<local  address>[,<server  address>[#<server port>]][,<in-
	      Configure	dnsmasq	to do DHCP relay. The local address is an  ad-
	      dress allocated to an interface on the host running dnsmasq. All
	      DHCP requests arriving on	that interface will we	relayed	 to  a
	      remote  DHCP server at the server	address. It is possible	to re-
	      lay from a single	local address to multiple  remote  servers  by
	      using  multiple --dhcp-relay configs with	the same local address
	      and different server addresses. A	server address must be	an  IP
	      literal  address,	 not  a	 domain	name. If the server address is
	      omitted, the request will	be forwarded by	 broadcast  (IPv4)  or
	      multicast	 (IPv6).  In this case the interface must be given and
	      not be wildcard. The server address may specify  a  non-standard
	      port  to	relay  to.  If	this  is used then --dhcp-proxy	should
	      likely also be set, otherwise parts  of  the  DHCP  conversation
	      which  do	 not  pass  through the	relay will be delivered	to the
	      wrong port.

	      Access control for DHCP clients has the same rules  as  for  the
	      DHCP  server,  see --interface, --except-interface, etc. The op-
	      tional interface name in the --dhcp-relay	config has a different
	      function:	 it  controls on which interface DHCP replies from the
	      server will be accepted. This  is	 intended  for	configurations
	      which  have  three  interfaces: one being	relayed	from, a	second
	      connecting the DHCP server, and a	third untrusted	network, typi-
	      cally  the  wider	 internet.  It avoids the possibility of spoof
	      replies arriving via this	third interface.

	      It is allowed to have dnsmasq act	as a DHCP server on one	set of
	      interfaces  and  relay  from  a disjoint set of interfaces. Note
	      that whilst it is	quite possible to write	 configurations	 which
	      appear  to  act  as  a server and	a relay	on the same interface,
	      this is not supported: the relay function	will take precedence.

	      Both DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 relay is supported. It's not possible  to
	      relay DHCPv4 to a	DHCPv6 server or vice-versa.

	      The  DHCP	 relay function	for IPv6 includes the ability to snoop
	      prefix-delegation	from relayed DHCP  transactions.  See  --dhcp-
	      script for details.

       -U,    --dhcp-vendorclass=set:<tag>,[enterprise:<IANA-enterprise	  num-
	      Map from a vendor-class string to	a tag. Most DHCP clients  pro-
	      vide  a "vendor class" which represents, in some sense, the type
	      of host. This option maps	vendor classes to tags,	so  that  DHCP
	      options  may  be	selectively  delivered to different classes of
	      hosts.  For   example   --dhcp-vendorclass=set:printers,Hewlett-
	      Packard  JetDirect  will	allow  options	to  be set only	for HP
	      printers like so:	 --dhcp-option=tag:printers,3,  The
	      vendor-class  string  is	substring  matched against the vendor-
	      class supplied by	the client, to allow fuzzy matching. The  set:
	      prefix is	optional but allowed for consistency.

	      Note  that  in  IPv6  only, vendorclasses	are namespaced with an
	      IANA-allocated enterprise	number.	This is	given with enterprise:
	      keyword and specifies that only vendorclasses matching the spec-
	      ified number should be searched.

       -j, --dhcp-userclass=set:<tag>,<user-class>
	      Map from a user-class string to a	tag (with substring  matching,
	      like  vendor  classes). Most DHCP	clients	provide	a "user	class"
	      which is configurable. This option maps user classes to tags, so
	      that  DHCP  options  may	be  selectively	delivered to different
	      classes of hosts.	It is possible,	for instance to	 use  this  to
	      set a different printer server for hosts in the class "accounts"
	      than for hosts in	the class "engineering".

       -4, --dhcp-mac=set:<tag>,<MAC address>
	      Map from a MAC address to	a tag. The  MAC	 address  may  include
	      wildcards.  For  example --dhcp-mac=set:3com,01:34:23:*:*:* will
	      set the tag "3com" for any host whose MAC	 address  matches  the

       --dhcp-circuitid=set:<tag>,<circuit-id>,	--dhcp-remoteid=set:<tag>,<re-
	      Map from RFC3046 relay agent options to tags. This data  may  be
	      provided	by  DHCP  relay	agents.	The circuit-id or remote-id is
	      normally given as	colon-separated	hex, but is also allowed to be
	      a	 simple	string.	If an exact match is achieved between the cir-
	      cuit or agent ID and one provided	by a relay agent, the  tag  is

	      --dhcp-remoteid (but not --dhcp-circuitid) is supported in IPv6.

	      (IPv4  and  IPv6)	Map from RFC3993 subscriber-id relay agent op-
	      tions to tags.

       --dhcp-proxy[=<ip addr>]......
	      (IPv4 only) A normal DHCP	relay agent is only  used  to  forward
	      the initial parts	of a DHCP interaction to the DHCP server. Once
	      a	client	is  configured,	 it  communicates  directly  with  the
	      server.  This  is	undesirable if the relay agent is adding extra
	      information to the DHCP packets, such as that  used  by  --dhcp-
	      circuitid	 and --dhcp-remoteid.  A full relay implementation can
	      use the RFC 5107 serverid-override  option  to  force  the  DHCP
	      server  to use the relay as a full proxy,	with all packets pass-
	      ing through it. This flag	provides an alternative	method of  do-
	      ing  the	same  thing,  for relays which don't support RFC 5107.
	      Given alone, it manipulates the server-id	for  all  interactions
	      via  relays.  If	a list of IP addresses is given, only interac-
	      tions via	relays at those	addresses are affected.

       --dhcp-match=set:<tag>,<option	number>|option:<option	  name>|vi-en-
	      Without  a  value, set the tag if	the client sends a DHCP	option
	      of the given number or name. When	a value	is given, set the  tag
	      only  if the option is sent and matches the value. The value may
	      be of the	form "01:ff:*:02" in which case	the value  must	 match
	      (apart  from  wildcards)	but the	option sent may	have unmatched
	      data past	the end	of the value. The value	may  also  be  of  the
	      same  form  as in	--dhcp-option in which case the	option sent is
	      treated as an array, and one  element  must  match,  so  --dhcp-
	      match=set:efi-ia32,option:client-arch,6  will  set the tag "efi-
	      ia32" if the the number 6	appears	in the list  of	 architectures
	      sent by the client in option 93. (See RFC	4578 for details.)  If
	      the value	is a string, substring matching	is used.

	      The  special  form  with	vi-encap:<enterprise  number>  matches
	      against  vendor-identifying vendor classes for the specified en-
	      terprise.	Please see RFC 3925 for	more details of	these rare and
	      interesting beasts.

	      Set  the	tag  if	 the  given name is supplied by	a DHCP client.
	      There may	be a single trailing wildcard *, which has  the	 usual
	      meaning.	Combined  with	dhcp-ignore  or	dhcp-ignore-names this
	      gives the	ability	to ignore certain clients by name, or disallow
	      certain hostnames	from being claimed by a	client.

	      Perform  boolean	operations  on	tags.  Any  tag	 appearing  as
	      set:<tag>	is set if all the tags which appear as	tag:<tag>  are
	      set,  (or	unset when tag:!<tag> is used) If no tag:<tag> appears
	      set:<tag>	tags are set unconditionally.  Any number of set:  and
	      tag:  forms  may	appear,	in any order.  --tag-if	lines are exe-
	      cuted in order, so if the	tag in tag:<tag> is a tag set  by  an-
	      other --tag-if, the line which sets the tag must precede the one
	      which tests it.

	      As an extension, the tag:<tag> clauses support limited  wildcard
	      matching,	 similar to the	matching in the	--interface directive.
	      This allows, for example,	using --tag-if=set:ppp,tag:ppp*	to set
	      the  tag	'ppp' for all requests received	on any matching	inter-
	      face (ppp0, ppp1,	etc).  This can	be used	 in  conjunction  with
	      the  tag:!<tag> format meaning that no tag matching the wildcard
	      may be set.

       -J, --dhcp-ignore=tag:<tag>[,tag:<tag>]
	      When all the given tags appear in	the tag	set  ignore  the  host
	      and do not allocate it a DHCP lease.

	      When  all	the given tags appear in the tag set, ignore any host-
	      name provided by the host. Note that, unlike  --dhcp-ignore,  it
	      is permissible to	supply no tags,	in which case DHCP-client sup-
	      plied hostnames are always ignored, and DHCP hosts are added  to
	      the  DNS using only --dhcp-host configuration in dnsmasq and the
	      contents of /etc/hosts and /etc/ethers.

	      (IPv4 only) Generate a name for DHCP clients which do not	other-
	      wise have	one, using the MAC address expressed in	hex, separated
	      by dashes. Note that if a	host provides a	name, it will be  used
	      by preference to this, unless --dhcp-ignore-names	is set.

	      (IPv4  only)  When all the given tags appear in the tag set, al-
	      ways use broadcast to communicate	with the host when it  is  un-
	      configured.  It  is permissible to supply	no tags, in which case
	      this is unconditional. Most DHCP clients	which  need  broadcast
	      replies  set a flag in their requests so that this happens auto-
	      matically, some old BOOTP	clients	do not.

       -M,    --dhcp-boot=[tag:<tag>,]<filename>,[<servername>[,<server	   ad-
	      (IPv4 only) Set BOOTP options to be returned by the DHCP server.
	      Server name and address are optional: if not provided, the  name
	      is left empty, and the address set to the	address	of the machine
	      running dnsmasq. If dnsmasq is providing	a  TFTP	 service  (see
	      --enable-tftp  )	then only the filename is required here	to en-
	      able network booting.  If	the optional tag(s)  are  given,  they
	      must  match for this configuration to be sent.  Instead of an IP
	      address, the TFTP	server address can be given as a  domain  name
	      which is looked up in /etc/hosts.	This name can be associated in
	      /etc/hosts with multiple IP addresses,  which  are  used	round-
	      robin.   This facility can be used to load balance the tftp load
	      among a set of servers.

	      Dnsmasq is designed to choose IP addresses for DHCP clients  us-
	      ing  a  hash of the client's MAC address.	This normally allows a
	      client's address to remain stable	long-term, even	if the	client
	      sometimes	 allows	its DHCP lease to expire. In this default mode
	      IP addresses are distributed  pseudo-randomly  over  the	entire
	      available	address	range. There are sometimes circumstances (typ-
	      ically server deployment)	where it is more convenient to have IP
	      addresses	 allocated  sequentially,  starting  from  the	lowest
	      available	address, and setting this flag enables this mode. Note
	      that  in the sequential mode, clients which allow	a lease	to ex-
	      pire are much more likely	to move	IP address; for	this reason it
	      should not be generally used.

	      Dnsmasq is reading 'client identifier' (RFC 2131)	option sent by
	      clients (if available) to	identify clients. This allow to	 serve
	      same  IP	address	 for a host using several interfaces. Use this
	      option to	disable	'client	identifier' reading,  i.e.  to	always
	      identify a host using the	MAC address.

       --pxe-service=[tag:<tag>,]<CSA>,<menu   text>[,<basename>|<bootservice-
       type>][,<server address>|<server_name>]
	      Most uses	of PXE boot-ROMS simply	allow the PXE system to	obtain
	      an  IP  address  and then	download the file specified by --dhcp-
	      boot and execute it. However the PXE system is capable  of  more
	      complex functions	when supported by a suitable DHCP server.

	      This  specifies  a  boot	option	which may appear in a PXE boot
	      menu. <CSA> is client system type, only services of the  correct
	      type  will  appear  in  a	menu. The known	types are x86PC, PC98,
	      IA64_EFI,	  Alpha,   Arc_x86,    Intel_Lean_Client,    IA32_EFI,
	      x86-64_EFI,  Xscale_EFI, BC_EFI, ARM32_EFI and ARM64_EFI;	an in-
	      teger may	be used	for other types. The parameter after the  menu
	      text  may	 be  a file name, in which case	dnsmasq	acts as	a boot
	      server and directs the PXE client	to download the	file by	 TFTP,
	      either from itself ( --enable-tftp must be set for this to work)
	      or another TFTP server  if  the  final  server  address/name  is
	      given.  Note that	the "layer" suffix (normally ".0") is supplied
	      by PXE, and need not be added to	the  basename.	Alternatively,
	      the  basename  may be a filename,	complete with suffix, in which
	      case no layer suffix is added. If	an integer boot	service	 type,
	      rather than a basename is	given, then the	PXE client will	search
	      for a suitable boot service for that type	on the	network.  This
	      search may be done by broadcast, or direct to a server if	its IP
	      address/name is provided.	 If no boot service type  or  filename
	      is  provided (or a boot service type of 0	is specified) then the
	      menu entry will abort the	net boot procedure and continue	 boot-
	      ing  from	 local media. The server address can be	given as a do-
	      main name	which is looked	up in /etc/hosts. This name can	be as-
	      sociated	in  /etc/hosts	with  multiple IP addresses, which are
	      used round-robin.

	      Setting this provides a prompt to	be displayed after  PXE	 boot.
	      If  the timeout is given then after the timeout has elapsed with
	      no keyboard input, the first available menu option will be auto-
	      matically	executed. If the timeout is zero then the first	avail-
	      able menu	item will be executed immediately. If --pxe-prompt  is
	      omitted  the system will wait for	user input if there are	multi-
	      ple items	in the menu, but boot immediately  if  there  is  only
	      one. See --pxe-service for details of menu items.

	      Dnsmasq  supports	 PXE  "proxy-DHCP",  in	this case another DHCP
	      server on	the network  is	 responsible  for  allocating  IP  ad-
	      dresses,	and  dnsmasq  simply provides the information given in
	      --pxe-prompt and --pxe-service to	allow netbooting. This mode is
	      enabled using the	proxy keyword in --dhcp-range.

	      According	 to  UEFI and PXE specifications, DHCP packets between
	      PXE clients and proxy PXE	servers	should have PXEClient in their
	      vendor-class  field.  However,  the firmware of computers	from a
	      few vendors is customized	to carry  a  different	identifier  in
	      that  field.  This  option  is used to consider such identifiers
	      valid for	identifying PXE	clients. For instance


	      will enable dnsmasq to also provide proxy	PXE service  to	 those
	      PXE clients with HW-Client in as their identifier.

       -X, --dhcp-lease-max=<number>
	      Limits  dnsmasq  to the specified	maximum	number of DHCP leases.
	      The default is 1000. This	limit is to prevent DoS	 attacks  from
	      hosts which create thousands of leases and use lots of memory in
	      the dnsmasq process.

       -K, --dhcp-authoritative
	      Should be	set when dnsmasq is definitely the only	DHCP server on
	      a	network.  For DHCPv4, it changes the behaviour from strict RFC
	      compliance so that DHCP requests on unknown leases from  unknown
	      hosts  are  not  ignored.	 This  allows new hosts	to get a lease
	      without a	tedious	timeout	under all circumstances. It  also  al-
	      lows  dnsmasq  to	rebuild	its lease database without each	client
	      needing to reacquire a lease,  if	 the  database	is  lost.  For
	      DHCPv6  it sets the priority in replies to 255 (the maximum) in-
	      stead of 0 (the minimum).

	      Enable DHCPv4 Rapid Commit Option	specified in  RFC  4039.  When
	      enabled,	dnsmasq	will respond to	a DHCPDISCOVER message includ-
	      ing a Rapid Commit option	with a DHCPACK including a Rapid  Com-
	      mit  option and fully committed address and configuration	infor-
	      mation. Should only be enabled if	either the server is  the only
	      server  for the subnet, or multiple servers are present and they
	      each commit a binding for	all clients.

       --dhcp-alternate-port[=<server port>[,<client port>]]
	      (IPv4 only) Change the ports used	for DHCP from the default.  If
	      this  option  is	given alone, without arguments,	it changes the
	      ports used for DHCP from 67 and 68 to 1067 and 1068. If a	single
	      argument	is  given, that	port number is used for	the server and
	      the port number plus one used for	the client. Finally, two  port
	      numbers allows arbitrary specification of	both server and	client
	      ports for	DHCP.

       -3, --bootp-dynamic[=<network-id>[,<network-id>]]
	      (IPv4 only) Enable dynamic allocation of IP addresses  to	 BOOTP
	      clients.	Use  this with care, since each	address	allocated to a
	      BOOTP client is leased forever,  and  therefore  becomes	perma-
	      nently  unavailable  for re-use by other hosts. if this is given
	      without tags, then it unconditionally  enables  dynamic  alloca-
	      tion.  With  tags, only when the tags are	all set. It may	be re-
	      peated with different tag	sets.

       -5, --no-ping
	      (IPv4 only) By default, the DHCP server will attempt  to	ensure
	      that an address is not in	use before allocating it to a host. It
	      does this	by sending an ICMP echo	request	(aka  "ping")  to  the
	      address  in  question. If	it gets	a reply, then the address must
	      already be in use, and another is	tried. This flag disables this
	      check. Use with caution.

	      Extra logging for	DHCP: log all the options sent to DHCP clients
	      and the tags used	to determine them.

       --quiet-dhcp, --quiet-dhcp6, --quiet-ra,	--quiet-tftp
	      Suppress logging of the routine operation	 of  these  protocols.
	      Errors  and problems will	still be logged. --quiet-tftp does not
	      consider file not	found to be an error. --quiet-dhcp and	quiet-
	      dhcp6 are	over-ridden by --log-dhcp.

       -l, --dhcp-leasefile=<path>
	      Use the specified	file to	store DHCP lease information.

	      (IPv6  only)  Specify the	server persistent UID which the	DHCPv6
	      server will use. This option is not normally required as dnsmasq
	      creates  a  DUID	automatically  when  it	 is first needed. When
	      given, this option provides dnsmasq the data required to	create
	      a	 DUID-EN  type DUID. Note that once set, the DUID is stored in
	      the lease	database, so to	change between DUID-EN	and  automati-
	      cally  created  DUIDs  or	vice-versa, the	lease database must be
	      re-initialised. The enterprise-id	is assigned by IANA,  and  the
	      uid is a string of hex octets unique to a	particular device.

       -6 --dhcp-script=<path>
	      Whenever	a  new DHCP lease is created, or an old	one destroyed,
	      or a TFTP	file transfer completes, the executable	 specified  by
	      this  option  is	run.   <path> must be an absolute pathname, no
	      PATH search occurs.  The arguments to  the  process  are	"add",
	      "old" or "del", the MAC address of the host (or DUID for IPv6) ,
	      the IP address, and the hostname,	if known. "add"	means a	 lease
	      has  been	created, "del" means it	has been destroyed, "old" is a
	      notification of an existing  lease  when	dnsmasq	 starts	 or  a
	      change  to  MAC  address or hostname of an existing lease	(also,
	      lease length or expiry and client-id, if --leasefile-ro  is  set
	      and lease	expiry if --script-on-renewal is set).	If the MAC ad-
	      dress is from a network type other than ethernet,	it  will  have
	      the  network type	prepended, eg "06-01:23:45:67:89:ab" for token
	      ring. The	process	is run as  root	 (assuming  that  dnsmasq  was
	      originally  run as root) even if dnsmasq is configured to	change
	      UID to an	unprivileged user.

	      The environment is inherited from	the invoker of	dnsmasq,  with
	      some or all of the following variables added

	      For both IPv4 and	IPv6:

	      DNSMASQ_DOMAIN if	the fully-qualified domain name	of the host is
	      known, this is set to the	 domain	part. (Note that the  hostname
	      passed to	the script as an argument is never fully-qualified.)

	      If the client provides a hostname, DNSMASQ_SUPPLIED_HOSTNAME

	      If  the  client provides user-classes, DNSMASQ_USER_CLASS0..DNS-

	      If dnsmasq was compiled with HAVE_BROKEN_RTC, then the length of
	      the lease	(in seconds) is	stored in DNSMASQ_LEASE_LENGTH,	other-
	      wise the time of lease expiry  is	 stored	 in  DNSMASQ_LEASE_EX-
	      PIRES. The number	of seconds until lease expiry is always	stored

	      DNSMASQ_DATA_MISSING is set to "1" during	"old" events  for  ex-
	      isting  leases  generated	 at  startup to	indicate that data not
	      stored in	the persistent lease database  will  not  be  present.
	      This  comprises  everything other	than IP	address, hostname, MAC
	      address, DUID, IAID and lease length or expiry time.

	      If a lease used to have a	hostname, which	is removed,  an	 "old"
	      event  is	generated with the new state of	the lease, ie no name,
	      and the former name is provided in the environment variable DNS-

	      DNSMASQ_INTERFACE	 stores	the name of the	interface on which the
	      request arrived; this is not set for "old" actions when  dnsmasq

	      DNSMASQ_RELAY_ADDRESS  is	set if the client used a DHCP relay to
	      contact dnsmasq and the IP address of the	relay is known.

	      DNSMASQ_TAGS contains all	the tags set during the	DHCP  transac-
	      tion, separated by spaces.

	      DNSMASQ_LOG_DHCP is set if --log-dhcp is in effect.

	      DNSMASQ_REQUESTED_OPTIONS	a string containing the	decimal	values
	      in the Parameter Request List option, comma  separated,  if  the
	      parameter	request	list option is provided	by the client.

	      DNSMASQ_MUD_URL  the  Manufacturer Usage Description URL if pro-
	      vided by the client. (See	RFC8520	for details.)

	      For IPv4 only:

	      DNSMASQ_CLIENT_ID	if the host provided a client-id.

	      a	DHCP relay-agent added any of these options.

	      If the client provides vendor-class, DNSMASQ_VENDOR_CLASS.

	      For IPv6 only:

	      If  the  client  provides	vendor-class, DNSMASQ_VENDOR_CLASS_ID,
	      containing the IANA  enterprise  id  for	the  class,  and  DNS-

	      DNSMASQ_SERVER_DUID  containing  the DUID	of the server: this is
	      the same for every call to the script.

	      DNSMASQ_IAID containing the IAID for the lease. If the lease  is
	      a	temporary allocation, this is prefixed to 'T'.

	      DNSMASQ_MAC containing the MAC address of	the client, if known.

	      Note  that the supplied hostname,	vendorclass and	userclass data
	      is only  supplied	for "add" actions or "old" actions when	a host
	      resumes an existing lease, since these data are not held in dns-
	      masq's lease database.

	      All file descriptors are closed except stdin, which is  open  to
	      /dev/null,  and  stdout and stderr which capture output for log-
	      ging by dnsmasq.	(In debug mode,	stdio, stdout and stderr  file
	      are left as those	inherited from the invoker of dnsmasq).

	      The  script is not invoked concurrently: at most one instance of
	      the script is ever running (dnsmasq waits	 for  an  instance  of
	      script  to  exit	before running the next). Changes to the lease
	      database are which require the script to be invoked  are	queued
	      awaiting	exit  of  a running instance.  If this queueing	allows
	      multiple state changes occur to a	single lease before the	script
	      can  be  run  then  earlier states are discarded and the current
	      state of that lease is reflected when the	script finally runs.

	      At dnsmasq startup, the script will be invoked for all  existing
	      leases as	they are read from the lease file. Expired leases will
	      be called	with "del" and others with  "old".  When  dnsmasq  re-
	      ceives  a	 HUP  signal,  the script will be invoked for existing
	      leases with an "old" event.

	      There are	five further actions which may appear as the first ar-
	      gument  to  the  script,	"init",	 "arp-add", "arp-del", "relay-
	      snoop" and "tftp".  More may be added in the future, so  scripts
	      should be	written	to ignore unknown actions. "init" is described
	      below in --leasefile-ro

	      The "tftp" action	is invoked when	 a  TFTP  file	transfer  com-
	      pletes: the arguments are	the file size in bytes,	the address to
	      which the	file was sent, and the complete	pathname of the	file.

	      The "relay-snoop"	action is invoked when dnsmasq	is  configured
	      as a DHCP	relay for DHCPv6 and it	relays a prefx delegation to a
	      client. The arguments are	the name of the	 interface  where  the
	      client  is  conected, its	(link-local) address on	that interface
	      and the delegated	prefix.	This information is sufficient to  in-
	      stall routes to the delegated prefix of a	router.	See --dhcp-re-
	      lay for more details on configuring DHCP relay.

	      The "arp-add" and	"arp-del" actions are only called  if  enabled
	      with  --script-arp  They are are supplied	with a MAC address and
	      IP address as arguments. "arp-add" indicates the	arrival	 of  a
	      new entry	in the ARP or neighbour	table, and "arp-del" indicates
	      the deletion of same.

	      Specify a	script written in Lua, to be run when leases are  cre-
	      ated,  destroyed or changed. To use this option, dnsmasq must be
	      compiled with the	correct	support. The Lua interpreter  is  ini-
	      tialised	once,  when  dnsmasq  starts, so that global variables
	      persist between lease events. The	Lua code must define  a	 lease
	      function,	and may	provide	init and shutdown functions, which are
	      called, without arguments	when dnsmasq starts up and terminates.
	      It may also provide a tftp function.

	      The  lease function receives the information detailed in --dhcp-
	      script.  It gets two arguments, firstly the action, which	 is  a
	      string  containing,  "add", "old"	or "del", and secondly a table
	      of tag value pairs. The tags mostly correspond to	 the  environ-
	      ment  variables  detailed	 above,	 for instance the tag "domain"
	      holds the	same data as the environment variable  DNSMASQ_DOMAIN.
	      There are	a few extra tags which hold the	data supplied as argu-
	      ments to --dhcp-script.  These are mac_address,  ip_address  and
	      hostname	for IPv4, and client_duid, ip_address and hostname for

	      The tftp function	is called in the same way as the  lease	 func-
	      tion,   and   the	 table	holds  the  tags  destination_address,
	      file_name	and file_size.

	      The arp and arp-old functions are	called only when enabled  with
	      --script-arp  and	 have a	table which holds the tags mac_address
	      and client_address.

	      Specify the user as which	to run the lease-change	script or  Lua
	      script.  This  defaults  to  root, but can be changed to another
	      user using this flag.

	      Enable the "arp" and "arp-old" functions	in  the	 --dhcp-script
	      and --dhcp-luascript.

       -9, --leasefile-ro
	      Completely  suppress  use	 of  the lease database	file. The file
	      will not be created, read, or written. Change the	way the	lease-
	      change  script (if one is	provided) is called, so	that the lease
	      database may be maintained in external storage by	the script. In
	      addition	to  the	invocations  given in --dhcp-script the	lease-
	      change script is called once, at dnsmasq startup,	with the  sin-
	      gle  argument  "init".  When  called like	this the script	should
	      write the	saved state of the lease database, in  dnsmasq	lease-
	      file  format,  to	 stdout	 and exit with zero exit code. Setting
	      this option also forces the leasechange script to	be  called  on
	      changes to the client-id and lease length	and expiry time.

	      Call the DHCP script when	the lease expiry time changes, for in-
	      stance when the lease is renewed.

	      Treat DHCP (v4 and v6) requests and IPv6 Router Solicit  packets
	      arriving at any of the <alias> interfaces	as if they had arrived
	      at <interface>.  This option allows dnsmasq to provide DHCP  and
	      RA  service  over	unaddressed and	unbridged Ethernet interfaces,
	      e.g. on an OpenStack compute host	where each such	interface is a
	      TAP  interface  to  a  VM,  or as	in "old	style bridging"	on BSD
	      platforms.  A trailing '*' wildcard can be used in each <alias>.

	      It is permissible	to add more than one alias using more than one
	      --bridge-interface       option	    since      --bridge-inter-
	      face=int1,alias1,alias2 is exactly equivalent to --bridge-inter-
	      face=int1,alias1 --bridge-interface=int1,alias2

	      The DHCP server determines which DHCP ranges are useable for al-
	      locating an address to a DHCP client based on the	 network  from
	      which  the DHCP request arrives, and the IP configuration	of the
	      server's interface on that network.  The	shared-network	option
	      extends the available subnets (and therefore DHCP	ranges)	beyond
	      the subnets configured on	the arrival interface.

	      The first	argument is either the name of an interface, or	an ad-
	      dress  that  is  configured on a local interface,	and the	second
	      argument is an address which defines another subnet on which ad-
	      dresses can be allocated.

	      To  be  useful, there must be a suitable dhcp-range which	allows
	      address allocation on this subnet	and this dhcp-range  MUST  in-
	      clude the	netmask.

	      Using  shared-network also needs extra consideration of routing.
	      Dnsmasq does not have the	usual information that it uses to  de-
	      termine the default route, so the	default	route option (or other
	      routing) MUST be configured manually. The	 client	 must  have  a
	      route  to	 the server: if	the two-address	form of	shared-network
	      is used, this needs to be	to the first specified address.	If the
	      interface,address	 form is used, there must be a route to	all of
	      the addresses configured on the interface.

	      The two-address form of shared-network is	 also  usable  with  a
	      DHCP  relay:  the	 first address is the address of the relay and
	      the second, as before, specifies an extra	subnet which addresses
	      may be allocated from.

       -s, --domain=<domain>[[,<address	range>[,local]]|<interface>]
	      Specifies	 DNS  domains  for  the	DHCP server. Domains may be be
	      given unconditionally (without the IP range) or for  limited  IP
	      ranges.  This has	two effects; firstly it	causes the DHCP	server
	      to return	the domain to any hosts	which request it, and secondly
	      it  sets	the domain which it is legal for DHCP-configured hosts
	      to claim.	The intention is to constrain hostnames	so that	an un-
	      trusted  host  on	 the LAN cannot	advertise its name via DHCP as
	      e.g. "" and capture traffic not meant for it. If no
	      domain suffix is specified, then any DHCP	hostname with a	domain
	      part (ie with a period) will be disallowed and logged. If	suffix
	      is  specified,  then  hostnames  with a domain part are allowed,
	      provided the domain part matches the suffix. In addition,	when a
	      suffix is	set then hostnames without a domain part have the suf-
	      fix added	as an optional domain part. Eg on my network I can set  and  have a machine whose DHCP host-
	      name is "laptop".	The IP address for that	machine	 is  available
	      from dnsmasq both	as "laptop" and	"". If
	      the domain is given as "#" then the  domain  is  read  from  the
	      first "search" directive in /etc/resolv.conf (or equivalent).

	      The  address  range can be of the	form <ip address>,<ip address>
	      or <ip address>/<netmask>	or just	a  single  <ip	address>.  See
	      --dhcp-fqdn  which  can change the behaviour of dnsmasq with do-

	      If the address range is given as ip-address/network-size,	then a
	      additional  flag "local" may be supplied which has the effect of
	      adding --local declarations for forward and reverse DNS queries.
	      Eg.,,local is identi-
	      cal    to,	 --lo-
	      cal=/ --local=/

	      The address range	can also be given as a network interface name,
	      in which case all	of the subnets currently assigned to  the  in-
	      terface  are  used in matching the address. This allows hosts on
	      different	physical subnets to be given different	domains	 in  a
	      way  which  updates  automatically  as  the  interface addresses

	      In the default mode, dnsmasq inserts the	unqualified  names  of
	      DHCP  clients  into  the DNS. For	this reason, the names must be
	      unique, even if two clients which	have the same name are in dif-
	      ferent  domains.	If  a second DHCP client appears which has the
	      same name	as an existing client, the name	is transferred to  the
	      new  client.  If --dhcp-fqdn is set, this	behaviour changes: the
	      unqualified name is no longer put	in the DNS, only the qualified
	      name.  Two  DHCP	clients	 with  the same	name may both keep the
	      name, provided that the domain part is different (ie  the	 fully
	      qualified	 names differ.)	To ensure that all names have a	domain
	      part, there must be at least --domain without an address	speci-
	      fied when	--dhcp-fqdn is set.

	      Normally,	 when  giving  a DHCP lease, dnsmasq sets flags	in the
	      FQDN option to tell the client not to attempt a DDNS update with
	      its name and IP address. This is because the name-IP pair	is au-
	      tomatically added	into dnsmasq's DNS view. This flag  suppresses
	      that  behaviour,	this is	useful,	for instance, to allow Windows
	      clients to update	Active Directory servers. See RFC 4702 for de-

	      Enable  dnsmasq's	 IPv6  Router  Advertisement  feature.	DHCPv6
	      doesn't handle complete network configuration in the same	way as
	      DHCPv4. Router discovery and (possibly) prefix discovery for au-
	      tonomous address creation	are handled by a  different  protocol.
	      When  DHCP  is in	use, only a subset of this is needed, and dns-
	      masq can handle it, using	existing DHCP configuration to provide
	      most  data.  When	RA is enabled, dnsmasq will advertise a	prefix
	      for each --dhcp-range, with  default  router   as	 the  relevant
	      link-local  address  on the machine running dnsmasq. By default,
	      the "managed address" bits are set, and the "use SLAAC"  bit  is
	      reset.  This can be changed for individual subnets with the mode
	      keywords described in --dhcp-range.  RFC6106 DNS parameters  are
	      included	in  the	advertisements.	By default, the	relevant link-
	      local address of the machine running dnsmasq is sent  as	recur-
	      sive  DNS	server.	If provided, the DHCPv6	options	dns-server and
	      domain-search are	used for the DNS server	(RDNSS)	and the	domain
	      search list (DNSSL).

       interval>[,<router lifetime>]
	      Set non-default values for router	advertisements sent via	an in-
	      terface.	The  priority field for	the router may be altered from
	      the default of medium with eg --ra-param=eth0,high.  The	inter-
	      val  between  router advertisements may be set (in seconds) with
	      --ra-param=eth0,60.  The lifetime	of the route may be changed or
	      set to zero, which allows	a router to advertise prefixes but not
	      a	route via itself.  --ra-param=eth0,0,0 (A value	 of  zero  for
	      the  interval  means the default value.) All four	parameters may
	      be set at	once.  --ra-param=eth0,mtu:1280,low,60,1200

	      The interface field may include a	wildcard.

	      The mtu: parameter may be	an arbitrary interface name, in	 which
	      case  the	 MTU  value for	that interface is used.	This is	useful
	      for (eg) advertising the MTU of a	WAN interface on the other in-
	      terfaces of a router.

	      Delays  sending DHCPOFFER	and PROXYDHCP replies for at least the
	      specified	number of seconds.  This can be	used as	workaround for
	      bugs  in	PXE boot firmware that does not	function properly when
	      receiving	an instant reply.  This	option takes into account  the
	      time already spent waiting (e.g. performing ping check) if any.

	      Enable the TFTP server function. This is deliberately limited to
	      that needed to net-boot a	client.	Only reading is	 allowed;  the
	      tsize  and  blksize extensions are supported (tsize is only sup-
	      ported in	octet mode). Without an	argument, the TFTP service  is
	      provided	to the same set	of interfaces as DHCP service.	If the
	      list of interfaces is provided, that  defines  which  interfaces
	      receive TFTP service.

	      Look  for	files to transfer using	TFTP relative to the given di-
	      rectory. When this is set, TFTP paths which include ".." are re-
	      jected, to stop clients getting outside the specified root.  Ab-
	      solute paths (starting with /) are allowed,  but	they  must  be
	      within  the  tftp-root.  If  the	optional interface argument is
	      given, the directory is only used	for TFTP requests via that in-

	      Do  not abort startup if specified tftp root directories are in-

	      Add the IP or hardware address of	the TFTP client	as a path com-
	      ponent  on the end of the	TFTP-root. Only	valid if a --tftp-root
	      is set and the directory exists.	Defaults to adding IP  address
	      (in  standard dotted-quad	format).  For instance,	if --tftp-root
	      is "/tftp" and client requests file  "myfile"  then  the
	      effective	 path  will be "/tftp/" if /tftp/
	      exists or	/tftp/myfile otherwise.	 When "=mac" is	 specified  it
	      will append the MAC address instead, using lowercase zero	padded
	      digits separated by dashes, e.g.:	 01-02-03-04-aa-bb  Note  that
	      resolving	MAC addresses is only possible if the client is	in the
	      local network or obtained	a DHCP lease from us.

	      Enable TFTP secure mode: without this, any file which  is	 read-
	      able  by	the  dnsmasq  process under normal unix	access-control
	      rules is available via TFTP.  When  the  --tftp-secure  flag  is
	      given,  only files owned by the user running the dnsmasq process
	      are accessible. If dnsmasq is being run as root, different rules
	      apply:  --tftp-secure  has  no effect, but only files which have
	      the world-readable bit set are accessible. It is not recommended
	      to  run  dnsmasq	as  root  with TFTP enabled, and certainly not
	      without specifying --tftp-root. Doing so can expose  any	world-
	      readable file on the server to any host on the net.

	      Convert  filenames  in  TFTP  requests to	all lowercase. This is
	      useful for requests from Windows machines, which	have  case-in-
	      sensitive	 filesystems and tend to play fast-and-loose with case
	      in filenames.  Note that dnsmasq's tftp server  always  converts
	      "\" to "/" in filenames.

	      Set  the	maximum	number of concurrent TFTP connections allowed.
	      This defaults to 50. When	serving	a large	number of TFTP connec-
	      tions,  per-process  file	 descriptor limits may be encountered.
	      Dnsmasq needs one	file descriptor	for each concurrent TFTP  con-
	      nection and one file descriptor per unique file (plus a few oth-
	      ers). So serving the same	file simultaneously to n clients  will
	      use  require  about  n  +	10 file	descriptors, serving different
	      files simultaneously to n	clients	will require about (2*n) +  10
	      descriptors.  If --tftp-port-range is given, that	can affect the
	      number of	concurrent connections.

       --tftp-mtu=<mtu size>
	      Use size as the ceiling of the MTU supported by the  intervening
	      network when negotiating TFTP blocksize, overriding the MTU set-
	      ting of the local	interface  if it is larger.

	      Stop the TFTP server from	 negotiating  the  "blocksize"	option
	      with  a  client. Some buggy clients request this option but then
	      behave badly when	it is granted.

	      A	TFTP server listens on a well-known port (69)  for  connection
	      initiation,  but	it  also uses a	dynamically-allocated port for
	      each connection. Normally	these are allocated  by	 the  OS,  but
	      this  option  specifies  a range of ports	for use	by TFTP	trans-
	      fers. This can be	useful when TFTP has to	traverse  a  firewall.
	      The  start of the	range cannot be	lower than 1025	unless dnsmasq
	      is running as root. The number of	concurrent TFTP	connections is
	      limited by the size of the port range.

	      Run  in  a  mode	where the TFTP server uses ONLY	the well-known
	      port (69)	for its	end of the TFTP	transfer. This allows TFTP  to
	      work  when  there	 in NAT	is the path between client and server.
	      Note that	this is	not strictly compliant with the	RFCs  specify-
	      ing the TFTP protocol: use at your own risk.

       -C, --conf-file=<file>
	      Specify  a configuration file. The presence of this option stops
	      dnsmasq from reading the default	configuration  file  (normally
	      /etc/dnsmasq.conf). Multiple files may be	specified by repeating
	      the option either	on the command line or in configuration	files.
	      A	 filename  of  "-"  causes  dnsmasq to read configuration from

       -7, --conf-dir=<directory>[,<file-extension>......],
	      Read all the files  in  the  given  directory  as	 configuration
	      files.  If  extension(s) are given, any files which end in those
	      extensions are skipped. Any files	whose names end	in ~ or	 start
	      with . or	start and end with # are always	skipped. If the	exten-
	      sion starts with * then only files which have that extension are
	      loaded.  So  --conf-dir=/path/to/dir,*.conf loads	all files with
	      the suffix .conf in /path/to/dir.	This flag may be given on  the
	      command  line  or	 in  a configuration file. If giving it	on the
	      command line, be sure to escape *	characters. Files  are	loaded
	      in alphabetical order of filename.

	      A	 special  case	of  --conf-file	which differs in two respects.
	      Firstly, only --server and --rev-server are allowed in the  con-
	      figuration  file included. Secondly, the file is re-read and the
	      configuration therein is updated when dnsmasq receives SIGHUP.

       --conf-script=<file>[ <arg]
	      Execute <file>, and treat	what it	emits to stdout	 as  the  con-
	      tents  of	a configuration	file.  If the script exits with	a non-
	      zero exit	code, dnsmasq treats  this  as	a  fatal  error.   The
	      script  can  be passed arguments,	space seperated	from the file-
	      name and each other so, for  instance  --conf-dir="/etc/dnsmasq-
	      uncompress-ads /share/ads-domains.gz"

	      with /etc/dnsmasq-uncompress-ads containing

	      set -e

	      zcat ${1}	| sed -e "s:^:address=/:" -e "s:$:/:"

	      exit 0

	      and  /share/ads-domains.gz  containing  a	 compressed list of ad
	      server domains will save disk space with large ad-server	block-

       At startup, dnsmasq reads /etc/dnsmasq.conf, if it exists. (On FreeBSD,
       the file	is /usr/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf ) (but see the --conf-file  and
       --conf-dir options.) The	format of this file consists of	one option per
       line, exactly as	the long options detailed in the OPTIONS  section  but
       without	the  leading  "--". Lines starting with	# are comments and ig-
       nored. For options which	may only be specified once, the	 configuration
       file  overrides the command line.  Quoting is allowed in	a config file:
       between " quotes	the special meanings of	,:. and	# are removed and  the
       following escapes are allowed: \\ \" \t \e \b \r	and \n.	The later cor-
       responding to tab, escape, backspace, return and	newline.

       When it receives	a SIGHUP, dnsmasq clears its cache and	then  re-loads
       /etc/hosts  and	/etc/ethers  and  any  file given by --dhcp-hostsfile,
       --dhcp-hostsdir,	 --dhcp-optsfile,  --dhcp-optsdir,   --addn-hosts   or
       --hostsdir.   The  DHCP	lease change script is called for all existing
       DHCP leases. If --no-poll is set	SIGHUP also re-reads /etc/resolv.conf.
       SIGHUP does NOT re-read the configuration file.

       When  it	 receives  a  SIGUSR1, dnsmasq writes statistics to the	system
       log. It writes the cache	size, the number of names which	 have  had  to
       removed	from  the  cache before	they expired in	order to make room for
       new names and the total number of names that have  been	inserted  into
       the  cache.  The	 number	of cache hits and misses and the number	of au-
       thoritative queries answered are	also given. For	each  upstream	server
       it  gives  the number of	queries	sent, and the number which resulted in
       an error. In --no-daemon	mode or	when full logging is  enabled  (--log-
       queries), a complete dump of the	contents of the	cache is made.

       The  cache  statistics  are  also  available  in	 the DNS as answers to
       queries of class	CHAOS and type TXT in domain bind.  The	 domain	 names
       are   cachesize.bind,   insertions.bind,	 evictions.bind,  misses.bind,
       hits.bind, auth.bind and	servers.bind.  An  example  command  to	 query
       this, using the dig utility would be

       dig +short chaos	txt cachesize.bind

       When it receives	SIGUSR2	and it is logging direct to a file (see	--log-
       facility	) dnsmasq will close and reopen	the log	file. Note that	during
       this operation, dnsmasq will not	be running as root. When it first cre-
       ates the	logfile	dnsmasq	changes	the ownership of the file to the  non-
       root  user  it  will run	as. Logrotate should be	configured to create a
       new log file with the ownership which matches the existing  one	before
       sending	SIGUSR2.   If TCP DNS queries are in progress, the old logfile
       will remain open	in child processes which are handling TCP queries  and
       may  continue  to  be  written.	There is a limit of 150	seconds, after
       which all existing TCP processes	will have expired: for this reason, it
       is  not	wise  to configure logfile compression for logfiles which have
       just been rotated. Using	logrotate, the required	options	are create and

       Dnsmasq	is a DNS query forwarder: it is	not capable of recursively an-
       swering arbitrary queries starting from the root	servers	 but  forwards
       such  queries  to  a fully recursive upstream DNS server	which is typi-
       cally provided by an ISP. By default, dnsmasq reads /etc/resolv.conf to
       discover	 the  IP  addresses of the upstream nameservers	it should use,
       since the information is	typically stored there.	 Unless	 --no-poll  is
       used,  dnsmasq  checks  the  modification  time of /etc/resolv.conf (or
       equivalent if --resolv-file is used) and	re-reads  it  if  it  changes.
       This  allows the	DNS servers to be set dynamically by PPP or DHCP since
       both protocols provide the information.	Absence	of /etc/resolv.conf is
       not an error since it may not have been created before a	PPP connection
       exists. Dnsmasq simply keeps checking in	case /etc/resolv.conf is  cre-
       ated  at	 any  time.  Dnsmasq  can  be  told to parse more than one re-
       solv.conf file. This is useful on a laptop, where both PPP and DHCP may
       be  used:  dnsmasq  can	be  set	 to poll both /etc/ppp/resolv.conf and
       /etc/dhcpc/resolv.conf and will use the contents	of  whichever  changed
       last, giving automatic switching	between	DNS servers.

       Upstream	 servers  may  also be specified on the	command	line or	in the
       configuration file. These server	specifications optionally take	a  do-
       main  name which	tells dnsmasq to use that server only to find names in
       that particular domain.

       In order	to configure dnsmasq to	act as cache for the host on which  it
       is running, put "nameserver" in /etc/resolv.conf to force lo-
       cal processes to	send queries to	dnsmasq. Then either specify  the  up-
       stream  servers directly	to dnsmasq using --server options or put their
       addresses real in another file, say /etc/resolv.dnsmasq and run dnsmasq
       with  the  --resolv-file	 /etc/resolv.dnsmasq option. This second tech-
       nique allows for	dynamic	update of the server addresses by PPP or DHCP.

       Addresses in /etc/hosts will "shadow" different addresses for the  same
       names  in  the  upstream	 DNS, so "" in /etc/hosts
       will ensure that	queries	for "" always return even
       if  queries  in the upstream DNS	would otherwise	return a different ad-
       dress. There is one exception to	this: if the upstream DNS  contains  a
       CNAME  which  points  to	 a  shadowed  name,  then looking up the CNAME
       through dnsmasq will result in the unshadowed address  associated  with
       the  target  of	the  CNAME.  To	 work  around  this,  add the CNAME to
       /etc/hosts so that the CNAME is shadowed	too.

       The tag system works as follows:	For each DHCP  request,	 dnsmasq  col-
       lects a set of valid tags from active configuration lines which include
       set:<tag>, including one	from the --dhcp-range used to allocate the ad-
       dress,  one from	any matching --dhcp-host (and "known" or "known-other-
       net" if a --dhcp-host matches) The tag "bootp" is  set  for  BOOTP  re-
       quests,	and a tag whose	name is	the name of the	interface on which the
       request arrived is also set.

       Any configuration lines which include one or more tag:<tag>  constructs
       will  only  be  valid  if  all that tags	are matched in the set derived
       above. Typically	this is	--dhcp-option.	--dhcp-option which  has  tags
       will be used in preference  to an untagged --dhcp-option, provided that
       _all_ the tags match somewhere in the set collected as described	above.
       The  prefix  '!'	 on  a	tag  means  'not'  so  --dhcp-option=tag:!pur-
       ple,3, sends the option when the tag purple is not in the	set of
       valid  tags.  (If using this in a command line rather than a configura-
       tion file, be sure to escape !, which is	a shell	metacharacter)

       When selecting --dhcp-options, a	tag from --dhcp-range is second	 class
       relative	 to  other tags, to make it easy to override options for indi-
       vidual	hosts,	  so	--dhcp-range=set:interface1,......     --dhcp-
       host=set:myhost,.....	   --dhcp-option=tag:interface1,option:nis-do-
       main,"domain1"	  --dhcp-option=tag:myhost,option:nis-domain,"domain2"
       will set	the NIS-domain to domain1 for hosts in the range, but override
       that to domain2 for a particular	host.

       Note that for --dhcp-range both tag:<tag> and set:<tag> are allowed, to
       both  select  the range in use based on (eg) --dhcp-host, and to	affect
       the options sent, based on the range selected.

       This system evolved from	an earlier, more limited one and for  backward
       compatibility  "net:"  may  be used instead of "tag:" and "set:"	may be
       omitted.	(Except	in --dhcp-host,	where "net:" may be  used  instead  of
       "set:".)	 For  the same reason, '#' may be used instead of '!' to indi-
       cate NOT.

       The DHCP	server in dnsmasq will function	as a BOOTP server  also,  pro-
       vided that the MAC address and IP address for clients are given,	either
       using --dhcp-host configurations	or in /etc/ethers , and	a --dhcp-range
       configuration  option  is present to activate the DHCP server on	a par-
       ticular network.	(Setting --bootp-dynamic removes the need  for	static
       address mappings.) The filename parameter in a BOOTP request is used as
       a tag, as is the	tag "bootp", allowing some control  over  the  options
       returned	to different classes of	hosts.

       Configuring  dnsmasq  to	 act as	an authoritative DNS server is compli-
       cated by	the fact  that	it  involves  configuration  of	 external  DNS
       servers	to provide delegation. We will walk through three scenarios of
       increasing complexity. Prerequisites for	all of these scenarios	are  a
       globally	 accessible  IP	 address, an A or AAAA record pointing to that
       address,	and an external	DNS server capable of doing delegation of  the
       zone  in	question. For the first	part of	this explanation, we will call
       the A (or AAAA) record for the globally accessible address server.exam-,	and the	zone for which dnsmasq is authoritative

       The  simplest configuration consists of two lines of dnsmasq configura-
       tion; something like,eth0,

       and two records in the external DNS	A	       NS

       eth0 is the external network interface on which dnsmasq	is  listening,
       and has (globally accessible) address

       Note that the external IP address may well be dynamic (ie assigned from
       an ISP by DHCP or PPP) If so, the A record must be linked to  this  dy-
       namic assignment	by one of the usual dynamic-DNS	systems.

       A  more	complex,  but practically useful configuration has the address
       record for the globally accessible IP address residing in the  authori-
       tative  zone  which  dnsmasq  is	serving, typically at the root.	Now we
       have,eth0,		A	       NS

       The A record for has now become a glue record,  it	solves
       the chicken-and-egg problem of finding the IP address of	the nameserver
       for	when the A record is within that zone. Note that  this
       is  the	only role of this record: as dnsmasq is	now authoritative from it too must	provide	this record. If	the  external  address
       is static, this can be done with	an /etc/hosts entry or --host-record.,eth0,,

       If  the	external  address  is  dynamic,	 the  address  associated with must be derived from the address of	 the  relevant	inter-
       face. This is done using	--interface-name Something like:,eth0,eth0,,eth0

       (The  "eth0"  argument in --auth-zone adds the subnet containing	eth0's
       dynamic address to the zone, so that the	--interface-name  returns  the
       address in outside queries.)

       Our final configuration builds on that above, but also adds a secondary
       DNS server. This	is another DNS server which learns the	DNS  data  for
       the  zone by doing zones	transfer, and acts as a	backup should the pri-
       mary server become inaccessible.	The configuration of the secondary  is
       beyond  the scope of this man-page, but the extra configuration of dns-
       masq is simple:

       and	      NS

       Adding auth-sec-servers enables zone transfer in	dnsmasq, to allow  the
       secondary to collect the	DNS data. If you wish to restrict this data to
       particular hosts	then

       --auth-peer=<IP address of secondary>

       will do so.

       Dnsmasq acts as an authoritative	server for and
       domains	associated with	the subnets given in --auth-zone declarations,
       so reverse (address to name) lookups can	be simply  configured  with  a
       suitable	 NS  record,  for  instance  in	 this  example,	where we allow addresses.  NS

       Note that at present, reverse ( and zones are not
       available  in  zone transfers, so there is no point arranging secondary
       servers for reverse lookups.

       When dnsmasq is configured to act as an authoritative server, the  fol-
       lowing data is used to populate the authoritative zone.

       --mx-host,  --srv-host,	--dns-rr, --txt-record,	--naptr-record,	--caa-
       record, as long as the record names are in the authoritative domain.

       --synth-domain as long as the domain is in the authoritative zone  and,
       for reverse (PTR) queries, the address is in the	relevant subnet.

       --cname	as long	as the record name is in  the authoritative domain. If
       the target of the CNAME is unqualified, then it	is qualified with  the
       authoritative  zone  name.  CNAME  used in this way (only) may be wild-
       cards, as in


       IPv4 and	IPv6 addresses from /etc/hosts (and --addn-hosts ) and --host-
       record  and  --interface-name  and ---dynamic-host provided the address
       falls into one of the subnets specified in the --auth-zone.

       Addresses of DHCP leases, provided the address falls into  one  of  the
       subnets	specified in the --auth-zone.  (If constructed DHCP ranges are
       is use, which depend on the address dynamically assigned	to  an	inter-
       face, then the form of --auth-zone which	defines	subnets	by the dynamic
       address of an interface should be used  to  ensure  this	 condition  is

       In  the	default	 mode, where a DHCP lease has an unqualified name, and
       possibly	a qualified name constructed using --domain then the  name  in
       the authoritative zone is constructed from the unqualified name and the
       zone's domain. This may or may not equal	that  specified	 by  --domain.
       If  --dhcp-fqdn	is set,	then the fully qualified names associated with
       DHCP leases are used, and must match the	zone's domain.

       0 - Dnsmasq successfully	forked into the	background, or terminated nor-
       mally if	backgrounding is not enabled.

       1 - A problem with configuration	was detected.

       2  - A problem with network access occurred (address in use, attempt to
       use privileged ports without permission).

       3 - A problem occurred with a filesystem	operation (missing file/direc-
       tory, permissions).

       4 - Memory allocation failure.

       5 - Other miscellaneous problem.

       11  or  greater	-  a non zero return code was received from the	lease-
       script process "init" call or a --conf-script file. The exit code  from
       dnsmasq is the script's exit code with 10 added.

       The default values for resource limits in dnsmasq are generally conser-
       vative, and appropriate for embedded router type	devices	with slow pro-
       cessors and limited memory. On more capable hardware, it	is possible to
       increase	the limits, and	handle many more clients.  The	following  ap-
       plies to	dnsmasq-2.37: earlier versions did not scale as	well.

       Dnsmasq	is  capable  of	 handling DNS and DHCP for at least a thousand
       clients.	The DHCP lease times should not	be very	short (less  than  one
       hour).  The  value of --dns-forward-max can be increased: start with it
       equal to	the number of clients and increase if  DNS  seems  slow.  Note
       that  DNS  performance  depends	too on the performance of the upstream
       nameservers. The	size of	the DNS	cache may be increased:	the hard limit
       is  10000  names	 and the default (150) is very low. Sending SIGUSR1 to
       dnsmasq makes it	log information	which is useful	for tuning  the	 cache
       size. See the NOTES section for details.

       The  built-in  TFTP  server is capable of many simultaneous file	trans-
       fers: the absolute limit	is related to the number of  file-handles  al-
       lowed  to a process and the ability of the select() system call to cope
       with large numbers of file handles. If the limit	is set too high	 using
       --tftp-max it will be scaled down and the actual	limit logged at	start-
       up. Note	that more transfers are	possible when the same file  is	 being
       sent than when each transfer sends a different file.

       It  is possible to use dnsmasq to block Web advertising by using	a list
       of known	banner-ad servers, all resolving to or,  in
       /etc/hosts or an	additional hosts file. The list	can be very long, dns-
       masq has	been tested successfully with one  million  names.  That  size
       file needs a 1GHz processor and about 60Mb of RAM.

       Dnsmasq	can  be	 compiled to support internationalisation. To do this,
       the make	targets	"all-i18n" and "install-i18n" should be	 used  instead
       of  the standard	targets	"all" and "install". When internationalisation
       is compiled in, dnsmasq will produce log	messages in the	local language
       and  support  internationalised	domain	names  (IDN).  Domain names in
       /etc/hosts, /etc/ethers and /etc/dnsmasq.conf which  contain  non-ASCII
       characters  will	be translated to the DNS-internal punycode representa-
       tion. Note that dnsmasq determines both the language for	 messages  and
       the  assumed  charset for configuration files from the LANG environment
       variable. This should be	set to the system default value	by the	script
       which  is responsible for starting dnsmasq. When	editing	the configura-
       tion files, be careful to do so using only  the	system-default	locale
       and not user-specific one, since	dnsmasq	has no direct way of determin-
       ing the charset in use, and must	assume that it is the system default.



       /etc/resolv.conf	  /var/run/dnsmasq/resolv.conf	  /etc/ppp/resolv.conf






       hosts(5), resolver(5)

       This manual page	was written by Simon Kelley <>.

				  2021-08-16			    DNSMASQ(8)


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