Pihole DNS Service not running

Expected Behaviour:

DNS service should be running

Actual Behaviour:

DNS Service not running. Appears to sporadically run, but at most times shows as not running.

Debug Token:


There are a few issues noted in your debug log.

First, your DHCP server is distributing a number of DNS servers other than Pi-hole. Pi-hole is on IP

*** [ DIAGNOSING ]: Name resolution (IPv4) using a random blocked domain and a known ad-serving domain
[✓] www.liquidityaggregator.com is on lo (
[✓] www.liquidityaggregator.com is on ens160 (

Your DNS server is distributing this:

*** [ DIAGNOSING ]: Discovering active DHCP servers (takes 10 seconds)
   Scanning all your interfaces for DHCP servers
   Timeout: 10 seconds
   * Received 320 bytes from ens160:
     Offered IP address:
     Server IP address:
     Relay-agent IP address: N/A
     BOOTP server: (empty)
     BOOTP file: (empty)
     DHCP options:
      Message type: DHCPOFFER (2)
      lease-time: 86400 ( 1d )
      renewal-time: 43200 ( 12h )
      rebinding-time: 75600 ( 21h )
      domain-name: "***redacted***"
      --- end of options ---
   DHCP packets received on interface ens160: 1

What is this DNS server in use by Pi-hole as the upstream DNS server?


With logging disabled, your debug log doesn't show any of the recent query activity.

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