I have just found out that
g.root-servers.net.) neither responds to requests, nor responds to pings.
. 3600000 NS G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 188.8.131.52
I checked http://www.internic.net/domain/named.root, which is an up2date list of root servers and the IP address is correct. I always was under the impression that those root servers are redundant to the point where it is impossible that there is downtime. According to http://root-servers.org there are worldwide six locations where servers are located, so I would assume I am correct with that assumption.
My question is if
g.root-servers.net. is in any way different from all the others, or special,
and if I am supposed to not get a DNS response from it for any reason?