DNS problem with Mac OS X 10.6 and later

Simon Hobson simon at thehobsons.co.uk
Fri Dec 10 19:38:53 UTC 2010

I've just tried this on my laptop (10.6) and another machine running 10.5

10.6, I got :

simons-macbookpro:~ simon$ hostname
simons-macbookpro:~ simon$ host simons-macbookpro
Host simons-macbookpro not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
simons-macbookpro:~ simon$ host simons-macbookpro.thehobsons.co.uk
simons-macbookpro.thehobsons.co.uk has address

Resolve.conf contains :
domain thehobsons.co.uk
search local

because I've put "local" in the search domains box of network setup 
which is supposed to deal with the fact that Microsoft seems to 
instruct admins to use ".local" for a non-routable domain even though 
.local is reserved for Zeroconf.

Taking out the local I then get :
simons-macbookpro:~ simon$ host simons-macbookpro
simons-macbookpro.thehobsons.co.uk has address
simons-macbookpro:~ simon$ ping simons-macbookpro
PING simons-macbookpro.thehobsons.co.uk ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.128 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.097 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.093 ms

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