Don't see named

Dave A. Flanigan dave at
Tue Nov 16 18:29:46 UTC 1999

         Don't get the resolver and DNS confused. They are two separate 
processes that may or may not get you to the same end.

         nslookup performs resolution based upon the information found in 
the /etc/resolv.conf or the local nameserver. nslookup can function fine if 
there is no DNS server as long as resolv.conf points to a server capable 
(and willing) to handle DNS requests.

         Programs line ping, telnet, and ftp use the /etc/nsswitch.conf 
file to perform hostname lookup. By default this file doesn't use DNS. In 
the nsswitch.conf file you will want to edit the hosts: entry to include 
DNS. So it should look like this:

hosts:      files dns

         Check your resolv.conf file as well. If you do not see named 
running, then chances are the resolver is looking up the names for you from 
another machine.


At 01:05 PM 11/16/99 -0500, David Spigelman wrote:
>I've installed 8.2.2-P3 on my Solaris system. But when I do "ps -ef", I
>don't see named listed. nslookup still seems to work though, so I'm not sure
>what is running. Also, and this may be unrelated, while nslookup can use my
>nameserver to resolve an address, applications can't - ie. I can't do ping
>, because it can't figure out what that is. It's not actually
>going to the resolver. Any suggestions?
>David Spigelman
>Network Administrator
>American Center for Physics

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