Setting forwarders timeout in BIND9

Jan Harnisch blackhole at
Wed Nov 17 14:55:40 UTC 2004

[ Repost because of local newsserver problems. Sorry. ]

Hi all,

in my Bind 9.2.1 configuration, I have three forwarders configured:

forwarders {;;;

Recently, the first forwarder went down. During this time, my Bind 
continued querying the first (unavailable) forwarder until reaching the 
timeout and querying the next. Unfortunately, this timeout is 
uncomfortably long (long enough to reach the DNS timeout on some client 
So, is there any way to reduce this timeout? Would e.g. configuring more 
forwarders reduce the timeout (as it did with Bind v4), or is there a 
better way?


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