easy to understand definitions

Bob Lockie bjlockie at lockie.ca
Wed Mar 23 14:38:42 UTC 2005

I found the following definitions but I need definitions that are easier 
to understand.
I do not have my Bind book available.

#  refresh - How often the slave servers should check the serial number 
on the master for changes.
# retry - Amount of time a slave should wait before attempting another 
"refresh" after a previous refresh has failed.
# expire - How long a slave should use it's DNS information without a 
refresh from the master.
# minimum - How long a server should cache negative hits (e.g. no such 

I don't understand "expire" and "refresh", it would seem that "expire" 
should always be equal to the "refresh" time"?

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