I will be running a Pi-hole server in a docker container, so I have freed up port 53 by settingDNSStubListener=no in /etc/systemd/resolved.conf and restarting systemd-resolved.

This has freed up port 53, but now DNS doesn't work. I get ;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

Looking at Network Settings from the desktop, I see and as the DNS servers assigned by DHCP as currently configured, but how do I get my system to use these?

UPDATE1: /etc/resolv.conf has this:

options edns0 trust-ad
search domain.local
  • What does /etc/resolv.conf say?
    – mtak
    Dec 9, 2021 at 14:44
  • @mtak added above Dec 9, 2021 at 15:25

1 Answer 1


The DNS servers assigned through DHCP will used to configure resolved. The rest of the system uses whatever is configured in /etc/resolv.conf to resolve addresses. resolv.conf is pointing to, which doesn't work anymore, because you disabled resolved.

Change /etc/resolv.conf to point to active DNS servers:

domain domain.local

Edit: on how to use DHCP assigned DNS servers instead of setting them manually, see https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/453122/52365

  • so if I use a browser to open a local URL (hosted in Docker or another system) which DNS entry is used? Same for curl and nslookup? Dec 13, 2021 at 9:01
  • For a browser specifically, it depends on whether it uses DNS-over-HTTPS. But yeah, in general all applications use the same resolving mechanism. Review zwischenzugs.com/2018/06/08/… for details, because there are some extra layers in there.
    – mtak
    Dec 13, 2021 at 12:20

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