Configuring the Domain Name Service

For more about DNS

To obtain more information about DNS files and commands, consult the following manual pages:

Manual page Information provided
dig(ADMN) Domain Information Groper, an alternative to nslookup
host(ADMN) Host name resolution description
hostname(ADMN) Sets or prints current hostname
named(ADMN) The named daemon
named.conf(SFF) File format of the DNS configuration file
named.hosts(SFF) File format of the DNS configuration file
named.rev(SFF) File format of the DNS reverse host mapping file
named.soa(SFF) File format of the DNS start of authority file
named-xfer(ADMN) Transfer DNS zone files
nslookup(TC) Name service command line query tool
root.cache(SFF) File format of the DNS cache file
resolver(SFF) The /etc/resolv.conf configuration file

To get more information about BIND, DNS, and related protocols, these are some of the Request for Comments (RFCs) that you may want to read:

RFC Title
819 The Domain Naming Convention for Internet User Applications
974 Mail Routing and the Domain System
1032 Domain Administrator's Guide
1033 Domain Administrator's Guide
1034 Domain Names -- Concept and Facilities
1035 Domain Names -- Implementation and Specification
1101 DNS Encoding of Network Names and Other Types
1123 Requirements for Internet Hosts - Application and Support
1183 New DNS RR Definitions
1535 A Security Problem and Proposed Correction With Widely Deployed DNS Software
1536 Common DNS Implementation Errors and Suggested Fixes
1537 Common DNS Data File Configuration Error

These, and many other BIND-related RFCs, can be viewed at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) web site, at:

Finally, a good place to start for beginners is the book DNS and BIND, by Cricket Liu and Paul Albitz, C. 1992 by O'Reilly and Associates, Sebastopol, CA.

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