SRV record not working

Barry Margolin barmar at
Sat Aug 18 23:53:26 UTC 2018

In article <mailman.339.1534614089.803.bind-users at>,
 Grant Taylor <gtaylor at> wrote:

> On 08/18/2018 07:25 AM, Bob McDonald wrote:
> > I don't think anyone hates nslookup (well maybe a few do <grin>) I 
> > suppose the immense dislike stems from the fact that it's the default 
> > utility under Windows. Folks who use dig as their default realize that 
> > when used properly, dig provides much more functionality than nslookup. 
> > For example, try using TSIG with nslookup or getting a NSID response. 
> > These are only a couple of examples. There's other reasons to change. 
> > The output from dig is much more comprehensive. And, yes, if you install 
> > the bind tools from ISC under Windows, dig works quite well.
> I've been told that nslookup will lie and provide incorrect information 
> in some situations.  I have no idea what situations that is.  I would 
> love to learn what they are.
> If you know of such an example, please enlighten me.
> As such, I tend to use nslookup on platforms without dig when or until I 
> have reason to not do so.

I don't think it "lies" much, but the output isn't as clear and 
unambiguous as dig's. When it reports errors, it can be difficult to 
tell specifically what the actual error was.

One example I can think of is that for some reason it expects the 
nameserver to be able to reverse-resolve its own IP. If it can't, it 
reports this as an error, and you might think that it's reporting an 
error about the name you're actually trying to look up.

Barry Margolin
Arlington, MA

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