host versus nslookup

Fajar A. Nugraha work at
Wed Oct 12 20:33:30 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 3:23 AM, Sten Carlsen <stenc at> wrote:
>> Use dig.
>> Always use dig.

> I don't quite agree, for debugging bind, use dig - for debugging lookup
> issues on some machine, host will behave more like any normal program, using
> resolv.conf and what else and can point to some issues dig will not
> discover. E.g. normal SW using something else than DNS, because of some
> setup. Dig will never catch this.

If you're concern about what address programs gets when they resolve
host names, then getent is a better choice as it also respects
nsswitch.conf and hosts file.


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