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PEER_DNS=no on debian or how to prevent a specific DHCP interface to update the DNS

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Problem :

On Debian, do not update resolv.conf (DNS) when we have multiple DHCP network interfaces.

Solution :

A first link : Never update resolv.conf with DHCP client

But we don't want to never update, but sometimes update...

On Redhat families it's simple (see the previous link) : PEERDNS=NO on the right interfaces

On Debian families.... let's use the hook as suggested :

Create hook to avoid /etc/resolv.conf file update

You need to create /etc/dhcp3/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/nodnsupdate file under Debian / Ubuntu Linux:
# vi /etc/dhcp3/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/nodnsupdate
Append following code:

{ : }

OK, but the hook prevent ALL interfaces to update resolv.conf, the idea :

  1. in the hook test the interface name
  2. if one authorized, call the original make_resolv_conf
  3. otherwise to nothing

In bash it's not easy to have multiple function with the same name, but thanks stackoverlow !:


# copies function named $1 to name $2
copy_function() {
    declare -F $1 > /dev/null || return 1
    eval "$(echo "${2}()"; declare -f ${1} | tail -n +2)"

# Import the original make_resolv_conf
# Normally useless, hooks are called after make_resolv_conf declaration
# . /sbin/dhclient-script

copy_function make_resolv_conf orignal_make_resolv_conf

make_resolv_conf() {
        if [ ${interface} = "auhtorizedInterface" ] ; then

Update :

The previous solution is not working...  declare is not known by sh/dash and the script is run by sh/dash. So the copy function is not possible.

Ideas :

  • copy make_resolv_conf in this file under original_make_resolv_conf : it works, but ugly due to security patch not handled
  • use 2 hooks : one enter : save resolv.conf, one on exit : restore resolv.conf if ${interface} is not authorized
  • try to extract make_resolv_conf from /sbin/dhclient-script : not so easy...

Best solution, the two hooks, it's a pity :) I like the copy_functions :) :

# vi /etc/dhcp3/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/selectdns-enter


cp /etc/resolv.conf /tmp/resolv.conf.${interface}

# vi /etc/dhcp3/dhclient-exit-hooks.d/selectdns-exit


if [ ${interface} = "auhtorizedInterface" ] ; then
       echo "${interface} not authorized"
       cp /tmp/resolv.conf.${interface} /etc/resolv.conf


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