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Date:      Fri, 5 Jan 1996 14:30:32 +1030 (CST)
From:      Michael Smith <msmith@atrad.adelaide.edu.au>
To:        d_burr@ix.netcom.com (Donald Burr)
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: a couple host.conf and nameserver questions...
Message-ID:  <199601050400.OAA13298@genesis.atrad.adelaide.edu.au>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSF.3.91.960104163413.2575A-100000@ncc-1701-d.starfleet.gov> from "Donald Burr" at Jan 4, 96 04:47:47 pm

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Donald Burr stands accused of saying:
> BUT (and here's the clincher), if I put:
> 
> hosts
> bind
> 
> in /etc/host.conf... well, you'd figure that it'll check the hosts file 
> first, and if it can't find it, it'll check the nameserver.  WRONG!!  It 
> still insists on checking the nameserver first, then /etc/hosts.  Not the 
> desired behavior either.

Actually, it does work.  What are you using to resolve names?  Note that
nslookup will always go for a nameserver.

Check also that the host you're after is properly defined in /etc/hosts.

> So what's going on here?  Is this a bug in the shared libraries, or the 
> networking code, or whatnot?  (FYI, this system usd to be a 2.0.5 box, so 

Your configuration.  I've run against slow nameservers with a hosts-first
strategy for a long time with no problems.

> Now, on an aside: Is it possible for me to set up a SMALL nameserver 
> (named) on my machine that will somehow CACHE all recent IP->host mappings 
> that my box does, so taht if I've associated an IP with a host name 
> already, it won't have to go out on the ppp link to access the internet?

Yes.  Check the sample configs that come with named, the manpage and if its
still not clear, get the O'Reilly DNS and Bind book.

> Donald Burr [d_burr@ix.netcom.com], PO Box 91212, Santa Barbara CA 93190-1212

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