I know that I can use my chosen DNS by adding the following line to /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf:

$ supersede domain-name-servers,;

I can verify that the correct DNS is being used as follows:

$ nmcli dev show | grep DNS

But I'd like to automate the setup of my machine (Ubuntu 18.04), and therefore want to avoid editing /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf directly. The "simple" solution would be to append to the file:

echo "supersede domain-name-servers,;" | sudo tee -a /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf

But this has the disadvantage that the line will be duplicated if the setup script is run twice. Is there an established way for doing this?

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    use sed to delete any matching line, then add it. or use grep to check for the line, and don't add it if found. – Patrick Apr 28 '18 at 4:26
  • Thanks, @Patrick--please see my update. While I was looking for a standard interface, your suggestion does the job. If you'd like to add it as an answer, I'd be happy to accept it. Thanks for your time. – sudo make install Apr 29 '18 at 11:54
  • This WWW site does not do answers in questions (or "[SOLVED]" and the like). It does allow one to answer one's own question, in contrast. Please put your answer in an answer. – JdeBP Apr 30 '18 at 7:26
  • @JdeBP Sounds good! I moved the edit to a standalone answer. Thanks for clarifying the etiquette. – sudo make install May 3 '18 at 0:22

Per @Patrick's comment, you could do something like this:

LINE='supersede domain-name-servers,;'

grep -qF "${LINE}" "${FILE}" || echo ${LINE} | sudo tee --append "${FILE}"

I was hoping/expecting that there would be a standard interface through dhclient or similar, but if it works, it works. :-)

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