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Re: root nameserver problems ?
From: Paul A Vixie <vixie () vix com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 12:09:17 -0700

Can I assume that the fact that www.microsoft.com no longer exists in the
DNS is a result of the (ongoing) root nameserver problems?  


Things have been really flaky since the INTERNIC/ALTERNIC flap the other day.

Indeed, but not the way you think.

daneel:8> dig www.microsoft.com @e.root-server.net

you are asking a nonrecursive server for data it doesn't have.

; <<>> DiG 2.2 <<>> www.microsoft.com @e.root-server.net 
; Bad server: e.root-server.net -- using default server and timer opts

in fact you are asking a nonexistent server, so it used your default one.

[gw.home:i386] dig @a.root-servers.net microsoft.com ns | grep IN
;;      microsoft.com, type = NS, class = IN
microsoft.com.          2D IN NS        DNS1.microsoft.com.
microsoft.com.          2D IN NS        DNS3.NWNET.NET.
microsoft.com.          2D IN NS        DNS4.NWNET.NET.
microsoft.com.          2D IN NS        ATBD.microsoft.com.
DNS1.microsoft.com.     2D IN A
DNS3.NWNET.NET.         2D IN A
DNS4.NWNET.NET.         2D IN A
ATBD.microsoft.com.     2D IN A

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