I'm having trouble getting my CentOS 5.5 EC2 instances (both i386 and x86_64) to properly populate resolv.conf after booting. No matter what I do, I end up with the default EC2 resolv.conf:

; generated by /sbin/dhclient-script
search compute-1.internal

What I really want to do is set my own search domain and prepend two nameservers. First, I tried adding /etc/dhclient.conf:

prepend domain-name "mydomain.ec2 "
prepend domain-name-server
prepend domain-name-server

That didn't work. So I also tried placing the dhclient.conf file in /etc/dhcp/ and /etc/dhcp3. Neither worked. So I also tried creating /etc/dhclient-enter-hooks and overriding the _make_resolv_conf()_ method to prevent dhclient-script from overwriting resolv.conf:

make_resolv_conf() {

That had no impact either.

The only solution I have come up with is to add an extra init script that rewrites resolv.conf. That works, but I'd really like to do this the "right" way. What am I doing wrong?

  • Did you try PEERDNS=no? – dmourati May 31 '11 at 23:23

Try adding:


To your /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 (or equivalent)

If that doesn't work, you could use the chattr hack:

chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf
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Given the age of this question, I assume you found an answer; but for those who find this question looking for help: If this is inside a VPC, you need to go into the VPC console and access dhcp-options-sets (https://console.aws.amazon.com/vpc/home#s=dhcp-options-sets) and create a new dhcp options set. Make a note of the amazon id of the new options set (dopt-XXXXXXXX)

Next, go to "Your VPCs" (https://console.aws.amazon.com/vpc/home#s=vpcs), click "Change DHCP Options Set" near the top, then choose the amazon ID of your new options set.

This might help: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonVPC/latest/UserGuide/VPC_DHCP_Options.html

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  • I never did get it to work and just kept using my custom init script approach. Unfortunately, it wasn't in a VPC. Now that most of our instances are in VPCs, we're using the technique you outlined. Just a strange problem. – organicveggie Aug 20 '13 at 21:58

This should address your issue http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-networking-3/how-to-avoid-resolv-conf-been-modified-by-dhcp-client-422431/

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  • Nope. As I mentioned, I tried using dhclient.conf and that didn't have any effect. – organicveggie May 24 '11 at 19:42

You can also try to add following DNS entries in NIC related network scripts (e.g., /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 for eth0)

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This is a real simple fix. Set /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts to this: PEERDNS="no" DNS1= DNS2=

This will stop the EC2 dns from inserting into the resolv.conf.

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