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    Question dig output: where is the answer section?


    Hi,

    Sometime the output of dig doesn't have an answer section, this one for example:
    dig @ns.xs4all.nl dmo.com -p53 A IN

    However, this is not always the case, sometimes it does have an answer.

    ?????

    Any ideas?

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    some addtional information: the specified name server is not the authority for the domain dmo.com.

    Sometimes the output of dig is like this:
    ; <<>> DiG 8.3 <<>> @ns.xs4all.nl dmo.com -p53 A IN

    ; (1 server found)

    ;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch

    ;; got answer:

    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 6

    ;; flags: qr rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 3, ADDITIONAL: 3

    ;; QUERY SECTION:

    ;; dmo.com, type = A, class = IN



    ;; AUTHORITY SECTION:

    dmo.com. 2d18h34m47s IN NS ns1.futurequest.net.

    dmo.com. 2d18h34m47s IN NS ns2.futurequest.net.

    dmo.com. 2d18h34m47s IN NS ns3.futurequest.net.



    ;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:

    ns1.futurequest.net. 1d18h34m37s IN A 63.151.147.2

    ns2.futurequest.net. 1d18h34m37s IN A 63.151.112.2

    ns3.futurequest.net. 1d18h34m37s IN A 63.144.24.2



    ;; Total query time: 1 msec

    ;; FROM: janice to SERVER: ns.xs4all.nl 194.109.6.66

    ;; WHEN: Sat May 4 10:04:26 2002

    ;; MSG SIZE sent: 25 rcvd: 142
    and sometimes like this (with answer):

    ; <<>> DiG 8.3 <<>> @ns1.otenet.gr dmo.com -p53 A IN
    ; (1 server found)
    ;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
    ;; got answer:
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 6
    ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 3, ADDITIONAL: 3
    ;; QUERY SECTION:
    ;; dmo.com, type = A, class = IN

    ;; ANSWER SECTION:
    dmo.com. 7h48m8s IN A 63.151.147.25

    ;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
    dmo.com. 2d7h48m8s IN NS ns1.futurequest.net.
    dmo.com. 2d7h48m8s IN NS ns2.futurequest.net.
    dmo.com. 2d7h48m8s IN NS ns3.futurequest.net.

    ;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
    ns1.futurequest.net. 18h40m50s IN A 63.151.147.2
    ns2.futurequest.net. 1d23h14m27s IN A 63.151.112.2
    ns3.futurequest.net. 20h46m5s IN A 63.144.24.2

    ;; Total query time: 219 msec
    ;; FROM: janice to SERVER: ns1.otenet.gr 195.170.0.2
    ;; WHEN: Sat May 4 13:13:33 2002
    ;; MSG SIZE sent: 25 rcvd: 158
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    As you are asking a non-authoritive DNS server for information on a domain, I guess it depends whether the information is in the cache of this server and/or whether the authoritive DNS server responds fast enough. If not, it tells you to look elsewhere.

    - Stan

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