Public DNS - recursion no - Access to the Internet

Andy Shellam (Mailing Lists) andy.shellam-lists at
Sat Feb 17 14:05:23 UTC 2007

Jarek Buczyński wrote:
> I use because I read about it in "DNS and BIND, 5th Edition 
> By Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu "
> Quote:
> "You can also configure the resolver to query the host's local nameserver
> using either the local host's IP address or the zero address. The zero
> address,, is interpreted by most TCP/IP implementations to mean
> "this host." The host's real IP address, of course, also means "this host.."
> On hosts that don't understand the zero address, you can use the loopback
> address,"

I was of the understanding "" is a special IP address that means 
"any interface."  E.g. in Apache you can say "Listen" to listen 
on all IP addresses instead of having to use a specific address.
The text above says "most TCP/IP implementations"... not all, so it's 
another variable that could cause problems and is best ruling out in 

In any case, FreeBSD nor Windows understand it:


PING ( 56 data bytes

--- ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100% packet loss


Destination specified is invalid.
Destination specified is invalid.
Destination specified is invalid.

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 3, Received = 0, Lost = 3 (100% loss)

Redhat seems to translate it into anyway:

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.227 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.163 ms



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