Dig from workstation to answer?

Lightner, Jeff JLightner at water.com
Tue Sep 18 15:11:06 UTC 2012

I know that dig +trace can be used to see the path of name resolution starting from root server down to final answer.

What I’m wondering is if there is some set of options that would go from workstation to final answer?   That is to say only go to the root server if that is where the DNS topology internally sends me.

For example from my workstation if I search an internal domain we use I know which internal DNS server it goes to ask the question.   That DNS server in turn may refer to a separate internal DNS server which is authoritative for the domain or has the record cached.   A dig +trace is useless because the root servers know nothing about the domain.   I’ve found various things that give me parts of the information but wonder if there isn’t something that would do something like trace so I can see each DNS server that was referred to in such lookups.

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