home.com didn't resolve for 29+ hrs??

Simon Waters Simon at wretched.demon.co.uk
Fri Oct 26 09:26:53 UTC 2001

baywood wrote:
> > Since when are the root servers the default?  The default is whatever
> > you have in your /etc/resolv.conf.  These should be servers that have
> > recursion enabled.
> I ask my DNS and it asks a root server if it doesn't have an answer. The
> only way to avoid that default is to specify another DNS. I thought that
> was pretty basic/common.

Barry's point is that if @home doesn't resolve, you test it by
using dig to simulate the resolution process.


dig @a.root-servers.net home.com mx
 Look at referral results...
dig @a.gtld-servers.net home.com mx
 Look at referral results...

If you ask your own DNS, you don't rule out problems with your
own DNS.

This is precisely the kind of diagnostic that the tools like
"doc" do, except it is more thorough than most people would be
using dig.

By asking each DNS server doc also helps checkout possible
routing issues.

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