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How many nameserver entries can I give in /etc/resolv.conf ? I have given our ISP's 2 nameserver entries as first and second. But since they have issues sometimes, I would like to add Google public nameserver enry. Does a 3rd & 4th entry make any difference ?

This is the resolve.conf on our proxy(squid) server. I understand that Squid uses /etc/resolv.conf for name resolution.

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Actually, you're only allowed three server entries in /etc/resol.conf.

See: http://linux.die.net/man/5/resolv.conf

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You can effectively have as many namservers as you want. Just remember that resolution will fail on the first before going to the second, and so on. It will be some time before name resolution attempts make it to the third and fourth nameservers.

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It's set by MAXNS in resolv.conf, which is normally 3. –  Sirex Dec 24 '10 at 9:14
Oooh, good catch. Thanks! –  Jeff McJunkin Jan 4 '11 at 18:31

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