I'm on a Dial UP Internet connection under Linux and frequent dial up disconnection causing dns problems. How do I flush DNS cache under UNIX / Linux distribution using a shell prompt?
Under MS-Windows you can use the ipconfig command to flush dns cache. However, Linux and UNIX provides various ways to flush cache. Linux can run nscd or BIND or dnsmasq as the name service caching daemon. Large and work-group servers may use BIND or dnsmasq as a dedicated caching server to speed up queries.
HowTo: Flush nscd dns cache
Nscd caches libc-issued requests to the Name Service. If retrieving NSS data is fairly expensive, nscd is able to speed up consecutive access to the same data dramatically and increase overall system performance. Just restart nscd:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/nscd restart
# service nscd restart
# service nscd reload
This daemon provides a cache for the most common name service requests. The default configuration file, /etc/nscd.conf, determines the behavior of the cache daemon.
Flush dnsmasq dns cache
dnsmasq is a lightweight DNS, TFTP and DHCP server. It is intended to provide coupled DNS and DHCP service to a LAN. Dnsmasq accepts DNS queries and either answers them from a small, local, cache or forwards them to a real, recursive, DNS server. This software is also installed many cheap routers to cache dns queries. Just restart the dnsmasq service to flush out dns cache:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart
# service dnsmasq restart
Flush caching BIND server dns cache
A caching BIND server obtains information from another server (a Zone Master) in response to a host query and then saves (caches) the data locally. All you have to do is restart bind to clear its cache:
# /etc/init.d/named restart
You can also use rndc command as follows flush out all cache:
# rndc restart
# rndc exec
BIND v9.3.0 and above will support flushing all of the records attached to a particular domain name with rndc flushname command. In this example flush all records releated to cyberciti.biz domain:
# rndc flushname cyberciti.biz
It is also possible to flush out BIND views. For example, lan and wan views can be flushed using the following command:
# rndc flush lan
# rndc flush wan
A note about Mac OS X Unix users
Type the following command as root user:
# dscacheutil -flushcache
$ sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
If you are using OS X 10.5 or earlier try the following command:
A note about /etc/hosts file
/etc/hosts act as the static table lookup for hostnames. You need to remove and/or update records as per your requirements under Unix like operating systems:
# vi /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.1.1 wks01.WAG160N wks01 # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts ::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix ff02::1 ip6-allnodes ff02::2 ip6-allrouters 10.37.34.2 build 192.168.1.10 nas01 192.168.1.11 nas02 192.168.1.12 nas03 #192.168.2.50 nfs2.nixcraft.net.in nfs2 #192.168.2.51 nfs1.nixcraft.net.in nfs1 220.127.116.11 nfs1.nixcraft.net.in nfs1 18.104.22.168 nfs2.nixcraft.net.in nfs2 192.168.1.101 vm01
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