Ladislav Vobr lvobr at ies.etisalat.ae
Tue Oct 12 05:50:49 UTC 2004

What I saw is that bind 9.3.0 times out recursive-client queue request 
tuples after 30 seconds.

if the name is not cached, it might take basically seconds, so default 2 
  sec timeout for windows nslookup is imho opinion too short.


Jeff Stevens wrote:
> I have a question about how long timeouts take for queries...if I test a DNS 
> server with a first attempt via nslookup to resolve an address, it times out 
> after 2 seconds (which is the default).  If I were to use dig, the default 
> timeout is 5 seconds.  How long does it take the named server to time out?
> I have a customer that is confused why his DNS server doesn't always resolve 
> addresses (it works "the majority" of the time) the first time but does on 
> subsequent calls (non-authoritative responses, usually) and I suspect it's 
> related to the number of hops his query is making (e.g. from Britian for a 
> US address).  He says HTTP protocol has no problem resolving with timeouts 
> compared to nslookup.
> I'm trying to understand the reasoning for that...as he complains his DNS 
> consistently times out when doing queries overseas.

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