I'm using systemd-networkd and systemd-resolved to manage my network configuration and DNS resolution. I thought it would include search domains specified by the DHCP server, but it doesn't appear to.

# /etc/systemd/network/wlan0.network

The DHCP server response includes "Option: (15) Domain Name" (I've checked with wireshark), and I've also tried adding "Option: (119) Domain Search", but nothing I've tried results in a "search" line being added to the resolv.conf file:

# /etc/resolv.conf
# This file is managed by man:systemd-resolved(8). Do not edit.
nameserver fe80::...

I know I can specify Domains=.... in the wlan0.network or /etc/systemd/resolved.conf, but I would expect systemd would respect the DHCP options.

I've restarted the network system and confirmed /etc/resolv.conf is properly symlinked:

$ systemctl daemon-reload && sysetmctl restart systemd-networkd && systemctl restart systemd-resolved
$ ll /etc/resolv.conf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 32 Oct  4  2017 /etc/resolv.conf -> /run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf
$ pacman -Qi systemd | grep Version
Version         : 243.51-1
  • There's UseDomains= under [DHCPV4] and [IPV6ACCEPTRA]. See systemd.network(5). Btw the latest recommended mode of operation for systemd-resolved is to symlink /etc/resolv.conf to ../run/systemd/resolve/stub-resolv.conf.
    – Tom Yan
    Oct 10, 2019 at 1:39

1 Answer 1


You should use UseDomains=true option as suggested in the comment but depending on the version of systemd you were using this would probably not be sufficient. I guess you were hit by the systemd's issue #8174systemd-networkd DHCP search domains option which was fixed on July 14th 2019 and released in version 243 of systemd on September 3rd 2019.

The issue was described as follows:

I expected that by enabling [DHCP]: UseDomains=true in network configuration, the DHCP client would use DHCP provided search domains. The client only uses DHCP provided search domains if the server specifies this option as "forced"

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