Subject: Re: re-reading /etc/resolv.conf on change
To: NetBSD Userlevel Technical Discussion List <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/06/2004 20:28:49
On Mon, Jan 05, 2004 at 04:52:49PM -0500, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> [ On Monday, January 5, 2004 at 22:18:46 (+0100), Manuel Bouyer wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: re-reading /etc/resolv.conf on change
> >
> > It happens if the forwarder is also authoritative for a zone
> > (which is not uncommon: the local recursive server is also
> > authoritative for the local domain).
> Are you certain of this?  I.e. have you actually tested it (with BIND-8)?

Not in details

> According to the current documentation if the "forward" option is left
> at its default setting of "first" (and the forwarders list is not empty)
> then the forwarders will always be queried first.  Alternately it can be
> set to "only", in which case the server will only query the forwarders.
> In either case it has been my understanding that no result will ever be
> cached if it is retrieved from a forwarder, regardless of whether the
> auth flag is set on the response or not.

Hum, this limit the use of a local nameserver then. Its primary purpose is to
do some caching, isn't it ?

Manuel Bouyer <>
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