DNS resolving without zone/domain information ?

User, Public public at seajay.com
Wed Jan 7 16:46:06 UTC 2004

The client will use the default DNS name set for that machine.  If no
domain name, it will not append anything during the query.


Christopher P. Jenkins, Senior Consultant

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-----Original Message-----
From: bind-users-bounce at isc.org [mailto:bind-users-bounce at isc.org] On
Behalf Of Raemaekers Mark
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 11:41 AM
To: bind-users at isc.org
Subject: DNS resolving without zone/domain information ?

I do have a network runnig several (LINUX, SOLARIS)

On each of the PCs I created the /etc/hosts file. In
this file every PC is referenced via IP address and a
SIMPLE name.

example :       localhost       linux1       linux2      apps1      apps2

This means that if I type  :
ping linux1
linux1 will be resolved via the hostfile into

This works OK, but problem is if want to add new
machines, I need to adapt hosts file on every machine
in the network

My question is : Can Bind be used in a way that if I
type :

ping linux1,=20

the BIND server will resolve linux1 ? (of course
/etc/hosts files will be emptied)

I know that bind and DNS works with zones/domains. The
name linux1 however does not contain a domain portion
(.com, .net, ...). So I have doubts that is possible.

If this functionality can be achieved, how can this be
configured ?
If not, is there any other "DNS server" who could do
the job ?

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