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 From:  Chris Buechler <cbuechler at gmail dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] DNS-Forwarder + Dial on Demand issue
 Date:  Thu, 14 Apr 2005 11:33:21 -0400
On 4/14/05, Norman Fianke <norman dot fianke at onlinehome dot de> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'am using the m0n0wall as a small office router on a PPPoE DSL-Line.
> The WAN-Interface connects on demand.
> If the line is disconnected the DNS-Forwarder returns a "request timeout".
> Some seconds later
> it works perfectly.
> Is there any option to avoid the timeout on the first connection attempt ?

This is actually a feature of dnsmasq, the caching software used by m0n0wall.  

"Clients which try to do DNS lookups while a modem link to the
internet is down will time out immediately."
From: http://thekelleys.org.uk/dnsmasq/doc.html

It can't be disabled as far as I can tell.  For dnsmasq's intended
purpose, that's the desired behavior.