forwarding a subdomain

Dave Sparro dsparro at
Tue Nov 16 20:34:46 UTC 2004

On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 18:56:36 -0800, Edward Buck
<ed at> wrote:

> If I delegate a subdomain to a nameserver, intuitively I would expect
> that nameserver to be authoritative for that subdomain regardless of
> whether the zone data is master, slave or a forward.

 The DNS would expect the same.  However, the fact that a delegation
exists doesn't make the delegated to server authoritative.  A
nameserver is authoritative only if it has data for the zone itself. 
In your situation, the nameserver is not authoritative because it has
to forward the query to another sever.


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