Lately my syslog is being flooded with these messages:

localhost systemd-resolved[1632]: Using degraded feature set (TCP) for DNS server

I'm on Ubuntu 17.04. resolv.conf is auto-configured, i.e. I did not mess with it.

Question: How can I stop the flooding of my syslog? It grows to several gigabytes, filling up my root partition.

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    That is a normal message if you use "bind" and did not configure it. So did you install that perhaps? If so see digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/…
    – Rinzwind
    Jul 6, 2017 at 6:38
  • There's only the bind9-host package on my system and when I try to remove it, it wants to remove ubuntu-standard and some other things along with it.
    – bovender
    Jul 6, 2017 at 8:53
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    I have the same issue on my system, and also, DNS resolution no longer works. I haven't figured out the cause yet, but I believe NetworkManager incorrectly puts nameserver into my /etc/resolv.conf. If I understand it correctly, it should only do that when dnsmasq is being used, but I don't have that installed. Jul 14, 2017 at 18:15

2 Answers 2


I had an old record lying in my /etc/resolvconf.conf that injected whenever network went up:

# /etc/resolvconf.conf
# Configuration for resolvconf(8)
# See resolvconf.conf(5) for details

# If you run a local name server, you should uncomment the below line and
# configure your subscribers configuration files below.

So commented it out, then ran resolvconf -u and my issue was fixed. Currently using systemd-networkd, so dont't know for sure if this will help OP's specific case.

However, NetworkManager has a setting to make it stop updating resolv.conf:


More information in another question at network manager: how to stop nm updating /etc/resolv.conf

Update: The same kind of message appears when my upstream DNS servers are down/not responding. However, containing the upstream IP addresses on a round-robin basis between the server alternatives.

Update #2: When using systemd-networkd, if you've opted to use the following DNS settings for your interface in /etc/systemd/network/<iface>.network:


which is the default setting, then it will not be using your local systemd-resolved instance, but instead use the a server from DHCP. Set UseDNS=false to use your systemd-resolver. Read man systemd.network for detailed information.

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    There's no /etc/resolvconf.conf on my Ubuntu 17.04 system, and the (few) files in the subdirectories of /etc/resolvconf do not contain this line. I'd like to keep NM updating my resolv.conf so I can use the most proximal name servers depending on the current network environment that I am in (this is on a laptop).
    – bovender
    Jul 21, 2017 at 10:57

It may be that your /etc/resolv.conf is not pointing to /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf, which is where this information is now managed. You can check this using:

ls -l /etc/resolv.conf

This should come back with something like:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 Jan 22 08:50 /etc/resolv.conf -> /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

If not, then check your system has this file:

ls -l /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

And if so, switch to using it:

sudo rm /etc/resolv.conf; sudo ln -s /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf

You might want to look in /etc/systemd for the configuration files, such as /etc/systemd/resolved.conf.

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    Thanks. I actually solved the problem a little while ago by uninstalling and re-installing network-manager. At that time, I had forgotten about this AskUbuntu question. Interestingly, my /etc/resolv.conf right now is not a symbolic link. But I better not touch it as it currently works as expected.
    – bovender
    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:06

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