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       namebench - open-source DNS benchmark utility


       namebench [nameserver1 ... [nameserverN]]


       namebench  searches  the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench
       runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web  browser  history,  tcpdump  output,  or
       standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation.


       This  program  follows  the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with
       two dashes (-). A summary of options is included below.  For a complete  description,  see
       the README file or visit the project's website.

       -h, --help
              Show summary of options.

       -r RUN_COUNT, --runs=RUN_COUNT
              Number of test runs to perform on each nameserver.

       -z CONFIG, --config=CONFIG
              Configuration file to use.

       -o OUTPUT_FILE, --output=OUTPUT_FILE
              Filename to write output to.

       -t TEMPLATE, --template=TEMPLATE
              Template to use for output generation (ascii, html, resolv.conf).

       -c CSV_FILE, --csv_output=CSV_FILE
              Filename to write query details to (CSV).

              Number of health check threads to use.

              Number of benchmark threads to use.

       -P PING_TIMEOUT, --ping_timeout=PING_TIMEOUT
              Number of seconds ping requests timeout in.

       -y TIMEOUT, --timeout=TIMEOUT
              Number of seconds general requests timeout in.

       -Y HEALTH_TIMEOUT, --health_timeout=HEALTH_TIMEOUT
              Health check timeout (in seconds).

       -i INPUT_SOURCE, --import=INPUT_SOURCE
              Import  hostnames  from  an  filename  or  application (alexa, cachehit, cachemiss,
              cachemix,  camino,  chrome,  chromium,  epiphany,  firefox,  flock,  galeon,  icab,
              internet_explorer,  konqueror,  midori,  omniweb,  opera, safari, seamonkey, squid,

       -I, --invalidate_cache
              Force health cache to be invalidated.

       -q QUERY_COUNT, --tests=QUERY_COUNT
              Number of queries per run.

       -m SELECT_MODE, --select_mode=SELECT_MODE
              Selection algorithm to use (weighted, random, chunk).

       -s NUM_SERVERS, --num_servers=NUM_SERVERS
              Number of nameservers to include in test.

       -S, --system_only
              Only test the currently configured system nameservers.

       -w, --open_webbrowser
              Opens the final report in your browser.

       -u, --upload_results
              Upload anonmyized results to SITE_URL (default: False).

       -U SITE_URL, --site_url=SITE_URL
              URL to upload results to (default:

       -H, --hide_results
              Upload results, but keep them hidden from indexes.

       -x, --no_gui
              Disable GUI.

       -C, --enable-censorship-checks
              Enable censorship checks.

       -6, --ipv6_only
              Only include IPv6 name servers.

       -O, --only
              Only test nameservers passed as arguments.


       This manual page was written by Miguel Landaeta <> for the  Debian  system
       (but  may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this
       document under the terms of the terms of GNU General Public  License,  Version  2  or  any
       later  version  published by the Free Software Foundation. On Debian systems, the complete
       text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.


       dig(1), host(1).


       Thomas Strömberg <>

                                            2010-11-20                               NAMEBENCH(1)