one more nsupdate question..

Barry Margolin barmar at
Sun Dec 9 23:09:16 UTC 2007

In article <fjgo9h$j9b$1 at>,
 "Jack Tavares" <j.tavares at> wrote:

> Using bind9.4.2, if I attempt to add a MX record using nsupdate
> and there is no A record that matches I get a operation refused message.
> [I understand why it fails]
> What I would like to be able to do is to give a better error message
> back to my user.
> Is there anyway to get a better error message out of nsupdate?
> for example:
> > update add 500 in MX 123
> >
> update failed: REFUSED
> Thanks

Unfortunately, since nsupdate uses the DNS protocol, and the protocol 
has very limited error-reporting details, there's nothing nsupdate can 
do to improve on this.  The DNS protocol has about a half dozen error 
codes, and none of them are specific to this.

Barry Margolin, barmar at
Arlington, MA
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