Running MacOX Sierra on MacBook Pro, and setting up for local dev environment with nginx as the web server, but I have a problem.
What I want to do
- Use dnsmasq as the local dns server that returns
127.0.0.1as the host for the wildcard domain
*.develop(as .dev now clashes with ICANN).
- Forward any unresolved requests to DNS servers provided by DHCP whenever I connect to a network so that I can resolve all other hostnames (external and internal.)
Conditions and constraints
- I move between networks. My home network DHCP's the DNS server as
192.168.1.1, but my work DHCP gives my DNS as
- The corporate network with the
10.128.x.xDNS, also sets a
search domainfor internal addresses.
- I'm in China, so just setting a bunch of public DNS servers like
Google or OpenDNSas well as
127.0.0.1may well work, but they're international and get throttled by GFW.
What I've done so far
- I've installed
- Services running using
sudo brew services start xxx. )This is so I can run nginx on
port 80and not
- I can verify that
dnsmasqworks, by using
dig testing.testing.one.two.three.develop @127.0.0.1
; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> testing.testing.one.two.three.develop @127.0.0.1 ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 46013 ;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;testing.testing.one.two.three.develop. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: testing.testing.one.two.three.develop. 0 IN A 127.0.0.1 ;; Query time: 2 msec ;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1) ;; WHEN: Tue Jun 20 12:04:44 2017 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 71
- Setting the DNS server to
Network Preferencesdoes work and I can 'ping' this it:
ping -c 1 this.is.a.test.develop PING this.is.a.test.develop (127.0.0.1): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.036 ms --- this.is.a.test.develop ping statistics --- 1 packets transmitted, 1 packets received, 0.0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 0.036/0.036/0.036/0.000 ms
but then no external services are available because the only DNS available is my dnsmasq at
- It seems like the simple solution would be just to add
192.168.0.1to my network adapter DNS list. That works at home, but not at the corporate location
- Adding the corporate
10.128.x.xwould obviously work at the office, but then not at home
So add both corporate and home DNS to the list?This would then break any other wifi/ethernet connections because I would not pick up their DHCP DNS server
- I cannot just add public DNS servers (like Google or Open DNS, because I'm in China. I need to have the DHCP supplied ones, as public DNS is very slow in China)
I'd like to know how others have solved what seems like a very frequent setup, but I'm having trouble.
I've already looked at two separate questions on stack exchange which have similar problems but not identical. The questions are attached to the bottom of this question , . What these questions show are that on macOS,
/etc/resolve.conf has this notice:
in the header
# # Mac OS X Notice # # This file is not used by the host name and address resolution # or the DNS query routing mechanisms used by most processes on # this Mac OS X system. # # This file is automatically generated. #
This suggests that any modifications will not be read from this file, and other answers from the questions suggest that any files in
/etc/resolver/* will also not be read
So, my real question is: is there any way to do:
- Always use 127.0.0.1 first
- If not found use the dynamic DNS from whatever DHCP gives
Why didn't you just use hosts?
Becuase the idea of having a *.develop domain and then just adding a single site that uses regular expressions to dynamically resolve local sites is very attractive!
 dnsmasq not working on Mac OS Sierra