Strange behavior with zone forwarding.

Nate Campi nate at
Fri Feb 22 17:56:09 UTC 2002

On Fri, Feb 22, 2002 at 12:54:41PM +0000, jjhirschauer at wrote:
> I am on BIND 8.2.2-P5+IBM. I have many master zones, a few slave zones, 
> and a few forward zones. The master and slave zones work fine. One of the 
> forward zones (not sure about the rest) works sometimes. Example: I start 
> named, check the log and everthing looks good, dig for 
> (internal zone with name changed) and get the 
> proper response. I stop named, start named, check log (everything okay), 
> and perform the same dig. This time the server thinks that it has to go 
> outside for the answer and returns only the external SOA of 
> with an NXDOMAIN response. This behavior is completely unpredictable. Any 
> thoughts?

To forward the .test TLD internally, I make sure I "forward only", thus
no fallback to outside DNS servers.

zone "test" {
        type forward;
        forward only;
        forwarders {; };

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