purpose of root.hint file

Peter Matulis 1 at 1.com
Thu Jan 15 00:45:25 UTC 2004

I have read in two textbooks that when named starts it uses the
root.hint file to contact a single server from which it downloads an
updated root server list.  After this the hint file is never used.
Now I tried to capture this download with tcpdump and I don't pick it
up.  Can anyone clarify?

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