I was using this command to verify if I'd set things up correctly with a DNS provider:
host hostname.example.com ns1.example-nameserver.com
As far as I can tell, this asks
ns1.example-nameserver.com to look up
hostname.example.com and reports the answer. I was getting a host-not-found response so I thought I'd done it wrong. However, without specifying their name-server (thus allowing my ISP's name-server to look it up) I got the correct response (
hostname is a
CNAME if it matters). I couldn't fathom this so I searched around and found the
dig @ns1.example-nameserver.com hostname.example.com
As far as I can tell this does the same thing as the
host command - asks a specific name-server to look up a host. I therefore conclude that they must do it differently somehow, and that caching name-servers must use the same method as
My conclusion is either right or wrong, if it is right:
What is the difference between these two look-up methods?
If it is wrong:
What are my misunderstandings about DNS and the
dig commands that have led me to this conclusion?
$ host cardiff.tzmchapters.org ns1.livedns.co.uk Using domain server: Name: ns1.livedns.co.uk Address: 126.96.36.199#53 Aliases: Host cardiff.tzmchapters.org not found: 3(NXDOMAIN) $ dig @ns1.livedns.co.uk cardiff.tzmchapters.org ; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> @ns1.livedns.co.uk cardiff.tzmchapters.org ; (1 server found) ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 23620 ;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;cardiff.tzmchapters.org. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: cardiff.tzmchapters.org. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com. ;; AUTHORITY SECTION: google.com. 3600 IN SOA ns1.livedns.co.uk. admin.google.com. 1354213742 10800 3600 604800 3600 ;; Query time: 27 msec ;; SERVER: 188.8.131.52#53(184.108.40.206) ;; WHEN: Mon Apr 22 23:47:05 2013 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 128