Ubuntu – How to enable DNS caching in the NetworkManager-controlled dnsmasq


Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 uses dnsmasq to perform DNS lookups, but it is not configured to cache these results. (I have checked this by using dig to resolve names and I do not see a large improvement in the response time after the first lookup.) How do I configure the NetworkManager-controlled dnsmasq to cache the results of DNS lookups?

Best Answer

In Ubuntu 12.10 you can enable the cache of the NetworkManager-controlled dnsmasq instance by putting the line


(with your preferred number of names instead of 1000) in a new file in /etc/NetworkManager/dnsmasq.d/. To activate this change you must then do

sudo stop network-manager
sudo killall dnsmasq
sudo start network-manager

or reboot.