# Linux – dnsmasq without altering /etc/hosts file manually

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I've trying to get dnsmasq working as a combined dns and dhcp server. It's infuriating so far… In short, the DNS works fine for anything added to /etc/hosts, and the dhcp works fine, but the dhcp is not updating the dns with hostname information from clients.

The outcome of this is that i can only ping a node by hostname if i know it's address, which means setting a static dhcp allocation and putting the hostname into /etc/hosts manually, which is very annoying and kind of defeats the poit of dhcp. There must be a way to get dnsmasq to update the hosts file, surely

The clients aren't using fqdn's if that matters, and i think i've tried every combinination of "expand-hosts" and "domain="

following is the dnsmasq config file contents:

domain-needed
bogus-priv
except-interface=tun0

dhcp-range=192.168.1.10,192.168.1.80,255.255.255.0,12h
dhcp-leasefile=/var/lib/misc/dnsmasq.leases
dhcp-authoritative

log-queries
log-dhcp


Try setting a domain with domain example.org.
dnsmasq also has a hook to call a script dhcp-script=foo.sh. The arguments sent to the script are "add" or "del", then the MAC address, the IP address and finally the hostname.