Use nameserver name or IP?

Barry Margolin barmar at
Tue Jul 17 01:31:40 UTC 2007

In article <f7h4cc$1a2o$1 at>, Bill Larson <wllarso at> 

> This is a chicken or the egg situation.  This is why you need to  
> specify the IP address of your DNS servers in your resolv.conf file.   
> Take a look at the man page for your resolver configuration.  You  
> should find that your are supposed to specify the IP addresses of  
> your name servers in your /etc/resolv.conf file.

Although this is true, it's not NECESSARILY true.  One could easily 
imagine it looking the hostnames up in /etc/hosts, NIS, etc.

Barry Margolin, barmar at
Arlington, MA
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