# DNS caching¶

User experience may be greatly improved when dns is accelerated. Also, it seems like a good idea to keep the number of packages being exchanged between node and gateway as small as possible. In order to do this, a DNS cache may be used on a node. The dnsmasq instance listening on port 53 on the node will be reconfigured to answer requests, use a list of upstream servers and a specific cache size if the options listed below are added to site.conf. Upstream servers are the DNS servers which are normally used by the nodes to resolve hostnames (e.g. gateways/supernodes).

There are the following settings:
servers cacheentries

If both options are set the node will cache as much DNS records as set with ‘cacheentries’ in RAM. The ‘servers’ list will be used to resolve the received DNS queries if the request cannot be answered from cache. If these settings do not exist, the cache is not intialized and RAM usage will not increase.

When next_node.name is set, an A record and an AAAA record for the next-node IP address are placed in the dnsmasq configuration. This means that the content of next_node.name may be resolved even without upstream connectivity.

dns = {
cacheentries = 5000,
servers = { '2001:db8::1', },
},

next_node = {
name = 'nextnode',
ip6 = '2001:db8:8::1',
ip4 = '198.51.100.1',
}


The cache will be initialized during startup. Each cache entry will occupy about 90 bytes of RAM.