Returning a "default" answer for invalid queries

Mark_Andrews at Mark_Andrews at
Thu Dec 12 23:05:16 UTC 2002

> Hi -
> We'd like to experiment internally with having Bind return a "default"
> answer when asked to look up a domain which doesn't exist, so we can
> (for example) point a user's browser at an explanatory page if they
> mistype a URL in the URL bar.  I've had a read of the docs for Bind,
> and can't find any mention of where such a thing can be specified - is
> this me failing to RTFM hard enough?  Or, alternatively, if anyone's
> familiar enough with Bind's internals (we're running 8, but would have
> no problems[1] migrating to 9) to be able to point me at the bit of
> code I'd need to munge to make this happen, I'd be most grateful.
> Cheers all --
> Dave

	This is a BAD idea which I think you will quicky find out.
	The world is not just http.  It is much better that users
	just learn to understand the error messages returned by the

Mark Andrews, Internet Software Consortium
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