Understanding SERVFAIL (for google)

Mark Andrews Mark_Andrews at isc.org
Thu Mar 31 06:17:21 UTC 2005

> In general, if dig shows SERVFAIL are there specific options that will
> help detail why that's being reported?

	SERVFAIL is the generic error message.

	There are lots of things that can cause a SERVFAIL.  Bad
	delegations,  bad responses to EDNS queries,  the servers
	not being authoritative,  firewalls blocking queries /
	replies and lastly code bugs.

	This is not a exhaustive list of things.  It a matter of
	eliminating things one by one until you find the fault.


Mark Andrews, ISC
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