Name servers list seconday name server as primary name server.

Will Yardley william+dns at
Tue Oct 9 07:47:39 UTC 2001

Andreas Guther wrote:

> I was under the impression that the primary name server is the one
> that is normaly contacted and only in case the primary is not
> available, the secondary is queried.

that is not the case.  this is the way it usually works with the search
order on a machine, but it's not the way the DNS works.  any
authoritative server may be queried for an authoritative response.  the
fact that the DNS is distributed is one of the things that's important
to how it works.

imagine if everyone needing to find out any record had to query (unless that machine was down).... that could get
pretty ugly.


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