Root server cannot be a forwarder?

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Fri Oct 20 21:42:03 UTC 2006

Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 04:43:55AM -0700,
>  April <xiaoxia2005a at> wrote 
>  a message of 18 lines which said:
>> I'm not talking about the Roots for the Internet, but a namespace in
>> general.
> I do not recognize DNS vocabulary and ontology. On a BIND mailing
> list, using the DNS terminology seems a good start :-)
I don't see any problem with the terminology: a root server is a server 
that answers authoritatively when queried for the root zone. Whether the 
client or the server happens to be on the Internet shouldn't have any 
bearing on the terminology used, it's only the context of the transaction.

Would you say "eating a sandwich" was incorrect terminology, if I didn't 
happen to be in a sandwich shop at the time?

- Kevin

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