New to Pi-hole, doesn't seem to be working

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Expected Behaviour:

i installed Pihole to my new raspberry pi, added the static IP of my PI into my asus router DNS1. DNS2 was my surfshark VPN's DNS. So was DNS1 but I cleared it out. Was able to resolve websites, thought Pihole was working.

I have an original discussion with some screen caps here:

Actual Behaviour:

When I learned the only DNS entry should be in DNS1 to contain the Pi IP address, I cleared out DNS2. Then I could not resolve any websites. rebooting PI, rebooting router, rebooting PC, didnt help.

Debug Token:

(Moderator edit: explicit debug log removed)

(When providing a debug token, just post the token that is shown once the debug finishes (preferably by copy and paste). For your own privacy and security, please do not post the full, unsanitised output here. Yours was also too scrambled/malformatted to be useful)

Edit: Just noticed that your referenced discussion states your are running a Docker Pi-hole in portainer - that's an important piece of information that should be included here directly.
I've switched category to docker accordingly.

Please post a new debug token generated by

pihole -d

or do it through the Web interface:

Tools > Generate Debug Log

here's my debug token.

Thankyou, and yes I did initially use portainer, just to try it out.

Last evening when doing some research on my issues, I came across not being able to execute the pihole command, such as pihohle -r, etc.

“pihole: command not found” no pihole executeable is on the machine"

and i found some discussions about this command not found, here:

as well as here:

to which I then tried:
curl -sSL | sudo bash

and was able to revisit the command pihole -r
and reconfigure.

I reimaged my SD card and started from scratch. reinstalled pihole but this time nothing fancy, did it via:

git clone --depth 1 Pi-hole
cd "Pi-hole/automated install/"
sudo bash

afterwards I can see the pihole IP in the web interface for interface eth...

and pihole works, just dunno how to run pihole through my routers VPN.