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The ISC DHCP configuration file (dhcpd.conf) can easily grow complex. It might then not be obvious in which order the declarations (host, subnet, shared-network, group, pool) are evaluated and used when looking for a free lease.


The ISC DHCP Server comes with a log function that can be used for debugging purposes. The log function is documented in the dhcp-eval man page:

The log function can be used in any scope level and will be executed every time the DHCP server evaluates the scope for finding a free lease. Below is an example of the log function in a subnet declaration:

The log output in the syslog files for this example look like this:


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