Static IP resolving in BIND 8.x

Arjen van Drie arjen-bind at
Wed Feb 6 09:47:57 UTC 2002

On Wed, 2002-02-06 at 10:21, Oliver Neumann wrote:
> Hi there,
> I have a problem with static IP resolving in bind 8.x!
> I want bind to statically resolv to adresses without creating zone-files for
> these IPs. How can I force bind to resolve e.g.
> -->
> and vice versa
> ->
> without having to create zone-files for I configured
> nsswitch.conf (Linux System, SuSE) so that there is an entry
> Hosts        files dns
> but this doesn't work, Bind will not read the /etc/hosts File or does ignore
> it. Am I doing anything wrong?

You have a few things mixed up. Bind _never_ reads your /etc/hosts file.
This file is for your operating system. If you want to do what you wanna
do you do need a zonefile. That is the way it works.

/etc/hosts is for your OS, and is only read by localhost. In
nsswitch.conf you tell your machine where to look first for host info.
Bind really doesn't care about this.


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