resolver directive doesn't fallback to the system DNS resolver

Kunal Pariani kpariani at
Mon Jan 5 23:04:52 UTC 2015

I am looking at how to use nginx's resolver directive ( to address this one issue i am facing. I have a host for which there is already an entry in the system DNS resolver (verified using nslookup/dig) but when i specify the same host in the proxy_pass directive inside a location block, i get the following error thrown in nginx.log 
015/01/05 14:24:13 [error] 22560#0: *5 no resolver defined to resolve ... 

Seems like nginx is not falling back to the system DNS resolver in case the 'resolver' directive is not used. Isn't this incorrect behaviour ? 


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