named and use of resolv.conf? - how to "learn" this

Darcy Kevin (FCA) kevin.darcy at
Tue Aug 2 20:19:19 UTC 2016

Is it really necessary to document everything that *isn't* true? That could fill volumes...

named is the thing that resolves stuff; /etc/resolv.conf tells processes whom to talk to if they want to resolve stuff. Put those things together, why would named need /etc/resolv.conf? To talk to *itself*?

												- Kevin

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From: bind-users [mailto:bind-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Spumonti Spumonti
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 12:26 PM
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Subject: named and use of resolv.conf? - how to "learn" this

(I've done several searches for this first but the general nature of some of these terms returned way too many non-relevant responses)

I was recently told that named does not use resolv.conf when resolving names. This was not something I was aware of but at this point I accept that. The system in question is an authoritative only server, no recursion enabled, that for some zones it hosts, lists secondary name servers in other organizations (in other words these name servers are in zones NOT hosted on this server)

My real question is: where is this documented? I've read DNS books and scoured different sites but couldn't find anything stating this was how named behaved. Maybe I just suck at searching for things or was using imprecise terms.
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