Linux Changing DNS Search Order

by on April 27, 2007 · 0 comments· LAST UPDATED October 11, 2007

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Q. How do I change DNS search order in Linux? In order to improve performance I need to make changes.

A. Under Linux you need to use /etc/nsswitch.conf file which is used by system databases and Name Service Switch configuration file

Various functions in the C Library need to be configured to work correctly in the local environment. Tradition ally, this was done by using files (e.g., ‘/etc/passwd’), but other nameservices (like the Network Information Service (NIS) and the Domain Name Service (DNS)) became popular, and were hacked into the C library, usually with a fixed search order.

Step # 1: /etc/nsswitch.conf

Open /etc/nsswitch.conf file using text editor:
# vi /etc/nsswitch.conf

Look for hosts:
hosts: files dns mdns4

Set above order as per your requirement. Close and save the file.

host.conf - resolver configuration file

The file /etc/host.conf contains configuration information specific to the resolver library. It should contain one configuration keyword per line, followed by appropriate configuration information.

Open /etc/host.conf file
# vi /etc/host.conf
Find order line which specifies how host lookups are to be performed. It should be followed by one or more lookup methods, separated by commas. Valid methods are bind (dns server), hosts (/etc/hosts file), and nis (old method).
order hosts,bind

Save and close the file.

See the nsswitch.conf and host.conf man pages for details.

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