There seems to be a bug with the
...option in a config file.

The man page <>
states that:
The format of a line is the same as text to the right of '=' in

...when I try to use that format I get startup error:
dnsmasq: bad option at line 2 of /etc/dnsmasq.d/dhcp-hosts

...when I try to add the dhcp-host= to be beginning of each line, the
server *will start* but I get the following warnings in the log file:
 bad hex constant at line 2 of /etc/dnsmasq.d/dhcp-hosts

Based on searches this seems to be a known issue, so I switched to using
the conf-file= option which starts with no errors or warnings.

Both errors seem to originate in options.c but I don't know c well enough
to supply a fix.

The workaround *works*, but you don't get the SIGHUP auto-reload of the
dhcp-hosts without stopping the deamon.


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