host versus nslookup
JLightner at water.com
Wed Oct 12 17:28:55 UTC 2011
One thing that is different about nslookup on HP-UX (which doesn't have host) is that it actually respects nsswitch.conf so will give you results from /etc/hosts OR from name services whereas most implementations only do it from name services.
Nslookup is "deprecated" meaning you should use host where possible. Also for DNS troubleshooting dig is a much better tool than nslookup or host.
From: bind-users-bounces+jlightner=water.com at lists.isc.org [mailto:bind-users-bounces+jlightner=water.com at lists.isc.org] On Behalf Of Martin McCormick
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:22 PM
To: 'bind-users at lists.isc.org'; martin at dc.cis.okstate.edu
Subject: host versus nslookup
Many years ago, various flavors of unix began distributing a
utility called host which did almost the same thing as nslookup.
Host is what I use most of the time, now, and I actually thought
that nslookup on unix systems was maybe going away.
A coworker recently asked me about nslookup on our
FreeBSD system and I verified the behavior he was asking about.
Other than a different output format, what are the
advantages of having both host and nslookup.
On the FreeBSD system in question, nslookup is
definitely a different binary than is host so one is not
hard-linked to the other.
The behavior he was asking about was simply that all
foreign domains that one looks up with nslookup report as
non-authoritative since the DNS one is using isnot authoritative
for, say, microsoft.com or yahoo.com.
This is not a problem. I am just curious.
Martin McCormick WB5AGZ Stillwater, OK
OSU Information Technology Department Telecommunications Services Group
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