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Re: enable DNS

Kenneth Porter wrote:

--On Saturday, June 12, 2004 6:50 AM -0500 Jeff Vian <jvian10 charter net> wrote:

Your caching nameserver still needs to query some other server for
lookups and setting that as the only nameserver in resolv.conf will break
dns for you.

How will it "break DNS"? Works fine on my mail servers, which do a *lot* of lookups, not just for regular domains but also for dnsbl's.

The caching nameserver has to query something to get the IP addresses for name resolution. If there is not an entry in resolv.conf (for the nameserver host) that points to the ISPs nameservers then named has to rely on the default config (unless modified by the user) . The default config for named points to the root nameservers, which means several queries for each host lookup, and lots of everhead. This slows down the access, and should not be used because of the distributed design of DNS.

Proper configuration here is important, and as Rudolfo has said, caching nameservice for one or a few machines is not optimal. Doing caching nameservice (properly configured with nameserver addresses) for a network for lots of machines becomes efficient and better than having each mach go to the remote nameserver.

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