Secondary DNS Problem (?)

Barry Margolin barmar at
Fri Oct 19 17:23:51 UTC 2001

In article <9qpjjd$6sv at>,
Chris Cameron  <chris at> wrote:
>Hope someone here is able to help with a little problem I have. I'm a 
>bit new to DNS (halfway through DNS and BIND), so I appologize if I've 
>overlooked something large.
>I've recently tried to change the DNS servers of a domain ( 
>After a week of nothing happening I talked to a guy and Verisign who 
>didn't speak the clearest english. What he was saying (that I could 
>understand) was that my secondary IP pointed to my primary. This makes 
>little sense to me, and he probably meant something other than what I 
>was hearing.

I'm not sure what it means, either.  As far as the registry is concerned,
the difference between primary and secondary is irrelevant.

>My DNS setup consists of two OpenBSD machine (2.9 and 3.0-beta). Both 
>run BIND 4.9.8-REL.
>Those servers currently only look after two domains. iteself, 
>and a domain. Neither have had any problem in using those dns 

Those are the servers that are currently registered, and the registration
hasn't changed in over a month.  What have you been trying to change to?

>If someone would be able to tell me if there's anything obviously wrong 
>It'd be greatly appreciated. I wouldn't be surprised if the secondary 
>had a problem as it's just an @home address, but I can't figure out what 
>could be special about that address that could prevent DNS from working 

I just did a few quick checks and it looks fine to me.

Barry Margolin, barmar at
Genuity, Woburn, MA
Please DON'T copy followups to me -- I'll assume it wasn't posted to the group.

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