Root servers question

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Thu Mar 8 23:03:09 UTC 2001

Root servers are not the same as TLD servers, and you shouldn't be trying
to do "transfers" (I assume you mean zone transfers) from *either* type of
server. The purpose of the high-level servers is only to provide referrals
to lower-level servers. You then query those lower-level servers for the
leaf-node information you need. It's called a hierarchy.

- Kevin

John Oliver wrote:

> Why does a transfer of the root servers give a list of
> ? when querying against them returns useless info, and
> you apparently need to query ? to get useful
> responses?  Why aren't the hosts CNAMEs for the
> hosts, or vice-versa, or something like that?
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