DNS: nslookup works, ping does not

Christian Nolte ch.nolte at fh-wolfenbuettel.de
Tue Mar 22 17:56:03 UTC 2005

I am really struggling about this matter. I have set up a (almost) 
working DNS Server on a fresh installed SuSE 9.2 distribution. I have a 
zone linux.local, have configured it for reverse lookup 
(2.162.198.in-addr.arpa) and hostname lookup via nslookup works (forward 
and reverse). But when I try to use the name with ping, then ping fails 
(this is also true for a web-browser), while traceroute works...

The pinged hosts are up and running, the config-files resolv.conf, 
host.conf, nsswitch.conf are set to look in /etc/hosts and then query 
the dns server.

BTW DNS forwarding (for external names) works fine with ping and the web 

I have no clue what I can do to solve this problem, so I would apreciate 
your help!

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