broken DNS record or authority rivalry?

Doug Barton DougB at
Sun Dec 15 03:21:25 UTC 2002

Helge Weissig wrote:
> Recently, was moved to a new host and DNS authority.  The
> old host still claims authority 

Is it slaving the zone from the new servers? If not, you're askin' for 

 > but the connections to the website and
> emails to addresses are apparently working fine although
> the DNS record looks strange (see below).

I agree ... it seems odd that the server returns SOA in every AUTHORITY 

> We are experiencing problems with email to a (anonymized) domain

What does that term refer to?

> This domain cannot be resolved by any MTA apparently
> (all mails fail with host not found).

I don't see any MX records for that host:

dig mx

; <<>> DiG 8.3 <<>> mx
; (1 server found)
;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
;; got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 4
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 3, ADDITIONAL: 2
;;, type = MX, class = IN

> Telnet, ssh and http however do succeed.

There is an A record for the hostname, so you'd expect that.

Hope this helps,


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