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RESOLVCONF(8)			     System Manager's Manual			    RESOLVCONF(8)

NAME
     resolvconf -- a framework for managing multiple DNS configurations

SYNOPSIS
     resolvconf -I
     resolvconf [-m metric] [-p] -a interface <file
     resolvconf [-f] -d interface
     resolvconf -il pattern
     resolvconf -u

DESCRIPTION
     resolvconf manages resolv.conf(5) files from multiple sources, such as DHCP and VPN clients.
     Traditionally, the host runs just one client and that updates /etc/resolv.conf.  More modern
     systems frequently have wired and wireless interfaces and there is no guarantee both are on
     the same network.	With the advent of VPN and other types of networking daemons, many things
     now contend for the contents of /etc/resolv.conf.

     resolvconf solves this by letting the daemon send their resolv.conf(5) file to resolvconf
     via stdin(3) with the argument -a interface instead of the filesystem.  resolvconf then
     updates /etc/resolv.conf as it thinks best.  When a local resolver other than libc is
     installed, such as dnsmasq(8) or named(8), then resolvconf will supply files that the
     resolver should be configured to include.

     resolvconf can mark an interfaces resolv.conf as private.	This means that the name servers
     listed in that resolv.conf are only used for queries against the domain/search listed in the
     same file.  This only works when a local resolver other than libc is installed.  See
     resolvconf.conf(5) for how to configure resolvconf to use a local name server.

     When an interface goes down, it should then call resolvconf with -d interface arguments to
     delete the resolv.conf file for the interface.

     Here are some more options that resolvconf has:-

     -I      Initialise the state directory /var/run/resolvconf.  This only needs to be called if
	     the initial system boot sequence does not automatically clean it out; for example
	     the state directory is moved somewhere other than /var/run.  If used, it should only
	     be called once as early in the system boot sequence as possible and before
	     resolvconf is used to add interfaces.

     -f      Ignore non existant interfaces.  Only really useful for deleting interfaces.

     -i pattern
	     List the interfaces, optionally matching pattern, we have resolv.conf files for.

     -l pattern
	     List the resolv.conf files we have.  If pattern is specified then we list the files
	     for the interfaces that match it.

     -m metric
	     Set the metric of the interface when adding it, default of 0.  Lower metrics take
	     precedence.  This affects the default order of interfaces when listed.

     -p      Marks the interface resolv.conf as private.

     -u      Force resolvconf to update all it's subscribers.  resolvconf does not update the
	     subscribers when adding a resolv.conf that matches what it already has for that
	     interface.

     resolvconf also has some options designed to be used by it's subscribers:-

     -v      Echo variables DOMAINS, SEARCH and NAMESERVERS so that the subscriber can configure
	     the resolver easily.

INTERFACE ORDERING
     For resolvconf to work effectively, it has to process the resolv.confs for the interfaces in
     the correct order.  resolvconf first processes interfaces from the interface_order list,
     then interfaces without a metic and that match the dynamic_order list, then interfaces with
     a metric in order and finally the rest in the operating systems lexical order.  See
     resolvconf.conf(5) for details on these lists.

IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
     If a subscriber has the executable bit then it is executed otherwise it is assumed to be a
     shell script and sourced into the current environment in a subshell.  This is done so that
     subscribers can remain fast, but are also not limited to the shell language.

     Portable subscribers should not use anything outside of /bin and /sbin because /usr and oth-
     ers may not be available when booting.  Also, it would be unwise to assume any shell spe-
     cific features.

ENVIRONMENT
     IF_METRIC
     If the -m option is not present then we use IF_METRIC for the metric.

     IF_PRIVATE
     Marks the interface resolv.conf as private.

FILES
     /etc/resolvconf.conf
     Configuration file for resolvconf.

     /libexec/resolvconf
     Directory of subscribers which are run every time resolvconf adds, deletes or updates.

     /libexec/resolvconf/libc.d
     Directory of subscribers which are run after the libc subscriber is run.

     /var/run/resolvconf
     State directory for resolvconf.

HISTORY
     This implementation of resolvconf is called openresolv and is fully command line compatible
     with Debian's resolvconf, as written by Thomas Hood.

SEE ALSO
     resolv.conf(5), resolvconf.conf(5), resolver(3), stdin(3)

AUTHORS
     Roy Marples <roy@marples.name>

BUGS
     Please report them to http://roy.marples.name/projects/openresolv

     resolvconf does not validate any of the files given to it.

     When running a local resolver other than libc, you will need to configure it to include
     files that resolvconf will generate.  You should consult resolvconf.conf(5) for instructions
     on how to configure your resolver.

BSD					   May 13, 2011 				      BSD
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