Advice for personal dns server

Danny Mayer mayer at
Mon Oct 25 04:32:07 UTC 2004

At 04:27 PM 10/21/2004, AbbieNormal wrote:
>I have one configuration question. My named.conf consists of only the
>         {
>  directory "C:/WINDOWS/system32/dns/etc/";
>         };
>How did bind know what the ip's of the root servers are? Don't you
>need some sort of root hints file for that that you have to do
>occasional manual maintenance on? Does version 9.3 change this? Are
>the ip's hardcoded somewhere in the source code maybe? How does this
>actually work?

It's built into the code. When named starts up it uses the list of root 
to see if it's changed and updates itself if necessary. The root hints file is
optional in BIND 9. It will use it if it finds it, but it will always make the
query to make sure it has the uptodate list.


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