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the GOV top-level domain

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Mon Sep 21 19:44:21 1998

Is it just me, or are other people having trouble with the GOV
domain today.

The a.root-server.net doesn't seem to be returning the NS records
for the GOV domain.  I'm not a 'dig' expert, so what am I doing
wrong?

Here is a normal DIG response for the COM top-level domain

# dig @198.41.0.4 com. ns
; <<>> DiG 2.2 <<>> @198.41.0.4 com. ns 
; (1 server found)
;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
;; got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 10
;; flags: qr aa rd; Ques: 1, Ans: 11, Auth: 0, Addit: 11
;; QUESTIONS:
;;	com, type = NS, class = IN

;; ANSWERS:
com.	518400	NS	C.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	J.GTLD-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	K.GTLD-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
com.	518400	NS	B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.

;; ADDITIONAL RECORDS:
C.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	192.33.4.12
D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	128.8.10.90
E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	192.203.230.10
I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	192.36.148.17
F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	192.5.5.241
G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	192.112.36.4
J.GTLD-SERVERS.NET.	518400	A	198.41.0.21
K.GTLD-SERVERS.NET.	518400	A	195.8.99.11
A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	198.41.0.4
H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	128.63.2.53
B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.	3600000	A	128.9.0.107

;; Total query time: 261 msec
;; FROM: drgate.dra.com to SERVER: 198.41.0.4
;; WHEN: Mon Sep 21 18:19:02 1998
;; MSG SIZE  sent: 21  rcvd: 402


Here is a DIG response for the GOV top-level domain, notice
it just returns an SOA record for the a.root-servers.net, no
NS records.


# dig @198.41.0.4 gov. ns
; <<>> DiG 2.2 <<>> @198.41.0.4 gov. ns 
; (1 server found)
;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
;; got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 10
;; flags: qr aa rd; Ques: 1, Ans: 0, Auth: 1, Addit: 0
;; QUESTIONS:
;;	gov, type = NS, class = IN

;; AUTHORITY RECORDS:
.	86400	SOA	A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. hostmaster.INTERNIC.NET. (
			1998092000	; serial
			1800	; refresh (30 mins)
			900	; retry (15 mins)
			604800	; expire (7 days)
			86400 )	; minimum (1 day)

;; Total query time: 269 msec
;; FROM: drgate.dra.com to SERVER: 198.41.0.4
;; WHEN: Mon Sep 21 18:18:50 1998
;; MSG SIZE  sent: 21  rcvd: 94



Here is a DIG response for a non-existant top-level domain,
same type of response as for the GOV domain.

# dig @198.41.0.4 kasdgkasdgk. ns
; <<>> DiG 2.2 <<>> @198.41.0.4 kasdgkasdgk. ns 
; (1 server found)
;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
;; got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 10
;; flags: qr aa rd; Ques: 1, Ans: 0, Auth: 1, Addit: 0
;; QUESTIONS:
;;	kasdgkasdgk, type = NS, class = IN

;; AUTHORITY RECORDS:
.	86400	SOA	A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. hostmaster.INTERNIC.NET. (
			1998092000	; serial
			1800	; refresh (30 mins)
			900	; retry (15 mins)
			604800	; expire (7 days)
			86400 )	; minimum (1 day)

;; Total query time: 273 msec
;; FROM: drgate.dra.com to SERVER: 198.41.0.4
;; WHEN: Mon Sep 21 18:23:23 1998
;; MSG SIZE  sent: 29  rcvd: 102


-- 
Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
  Affiliation given for identification not representation





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