[lug] Weird DNS problems

Chip Atkinson catkinson at circadence.com
Fri Nov 9 10:50:31 MST 2001

I believe that jymis.com has the authoritative domain records.  That 
what dig seems to indicate:

pupman.com.             16h25m42s IN NS  ns1.jymis.com.
pupman.com.             16h25m42s IN NS  ns0.jymis.com.

AAARGHHH!!! Ok, I think this is the problem:

Default Server:  G.GTLD-SERVERS.NET

 > pupman.com

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    pupman.com

(The 199.45... address is old and out of date)  It should be

Ok, how did you resolve the problem?

Thanks for the advice.


Hugh Brown wrote:

> A couple of thoughts.  Who is authoritative for your domain?  If it is the
> qwest servers, do you know for sure that they updated the tables on the
> bogus server?
> I have had the problem with DNS if the root name servers have one ip and
> the authoritative dns server for the domain have different ip's then things
> go a little screwy.
> Hugh
> "Chip Atkinson"
>> Greetings,
>> I'm having some domain lookup problems that I can't seem to figure out 
>> and was hoping that someone could help me or at least point me in the 
>> right direction.
>> Here's the original problem:
>> Mail from a mailing list that I run was producing an error when sent to 
>> a subscriber at qwest.net.  It is "stat=Data format error" and "DSN: 
>> Data format error".  A little search on the web indicated it might be a 
>> DNS problem. (Yes, it is DSN in the error).
>> I go to the name servers listed in /etc/resolv.conf and try to do a 
>> forward and reverse lookup of my domain, pupman.com.
>> $ cat /etc/resolv.conf
>> search pupman.com
>> nameserver
>> nameserver
>> (both are Qwest's name server as I send the mail out through a DSL 
>> connection via them.)
>> Forward lookups of pupman.com work on the 206 server works, but the 204 
>> server has an old IP from around August.  Reverse lookups don't seem to 
>> work at all.
>> Does anyone know what's going on?  I thought that name servers got the 
>> information from the name server listed in the whois record.  This 
>> doesn't seem to be the case to me becaue it's been since Aug. when I 
>> used the old IP and one would think that the cache at Qwest's name 
>> servers would have expired.  Furthermore, if I set q=any and query the 
>> server giving the bogus results it seems to use the right name server 
>> from the whois records.
>> I'm stumped right now.
>> Thanks in advance for any help.
>> Chip
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