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When I do this dig I get no answer...

red@localhost:~$ dig +noall +answer

... but when add soa I get an answer for ...

red@localhost:~$ dig +noall +answer soa   868     IN      A         2926    IN      SOA 2013120202 28800 7200 604800 600

... what is going on here?


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If you removed the +noall part, dig would probably tell you – Mathias R. Jessen Dec 3 '13 at 23:08
remove the +noall tells me NXDOMAIN without the soa query (as one would expect). But with the soa in the dig command it gives me the answer. I just wondering why dig behaves this way. – Red Cricket Dec 3 '13 at 23:46
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Directly from dig -h:

Usage:  dig [@global-server] [domain] [q-type] [q-class] {q-opt}
            {global-d-opt} host [@local-server] {local-d-opt}
            [ host [@local-server] {local-d-opt} [...]]


        global d-opts and servers (before host name) affect all queries.
        local d-opts and servers (after host name) affect only that lookup.

When you write:

dig +noall +answer 

dig treats it as:

+noall +answer
- global options, applies to all queries
- host to lookup, at a specific name server

But when you write:

dig +noall +answer soa

dig treats it as:

+noall +answer
- global options, applies to all
- host to lookup soa
- another lookup for a SOA RR, but this time, at a specific server

So the A RR response you receive for the first host is not from

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that's does appear to be the case. Since dig returns NXDOMAIN yet dig soa returns an answer for both the 'A' RR and the 'SOA' RR. – Red Cricket Dec 4 '13 at 16:41
@RedCricket My bad, take a look at the update – Mathias R. Jessen Dec 4 '13 at 18:17
awesome! Thanks for clearing that up for me. – Red Cricket Dec 5 '13 at 6:00

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