I've set up dnsmasq on an ubuntu server on a small local network with several clients including some Windows and some OS X. Windows clients are working great. The OS X clients are having the classic "dig works but ping doesn't" problem. I've done some research but I can't find information about the way OS X's DNS resolution DOES work. I can only find documentation that tells me it doesn't use the same facility as dig.
My question is: Why can my Windows clients and dig on OS X properly resolve local names configured by dnsmasq but the OS X system can't? I've suspected that it has something to do with the fact that dnsmasq doesn't provide SOA records, but I'm not sure. I've also experimented with bind9 instead, but I can't seem to get the configuration right on it.
Here are the contents of my dnsmasq config file:
no-dhcp-interface=en0 address=/neptune.local/neptune/192.168.42.2 no-resolv server=126.96.36.199 server=188.8.131.52