SUMMARY: DNS errors on Solaris 2.6 Ultra 1 platform

From: Headrick, Bob (ADP/SIS) x6124 (
Date: Tue Jan 05 1999 - 13:17:53 CST

My Original Question:

Attempting to create a "Self Contained" (i.e. the network served CANNOT
see the Internet) root DNS Nameserver on an Ultra 1 running Solaris 2.6.
I have read through the archives, the O'Reilly "DNS and BIND" book, and
after submitting a trouble call to Sun have followed the instructions in the

Sun DNS Prod. Supt. Doc. sent to me by Sun. I have also tried numerous
other info. sources including a how to do DNS write-up in the Solaris Net
Admin class.

Nothing I have tried in setting up the DNS files has worked for me yet.
There are no error messages in /var/adm/messages, only ==>

Dec 30 14:12:37 sisfs1 named[6582]: starting. named 4.9.4-P1
Dec 30 14:12:37 sisfs1 named[6583]: Ready to answer queries.

The name of the domain is and the Ultra's name is sisfs1
at ip address
The in.named process starts up without problems (starting it with TRUSS
revealed nothing either BTW). Then when I do a -> nslookup
I always get the following ==>

# nslookup
*** Can't find server name for address Server failed
*** Default servers are not available
(I get the same error in more detail when I do -> nslookup -d2).

I know I am doing something BASICALLY WRONG here, but I am stumped.
Can anyone help? I will summarize.


 I received MANY suggested answers to this question. Some of the respondents
 were kind enough to dig deeper into the problem and even asked me to send
 them copies of my "named.x" configuration files to try to find where I had
 astray. My sincere thanks to all who tried to help me.

 Many suggested I upgrade to a later version of BIND, which is probably a
 idea in itself. The problem turned out to be an error I made in my
named.rev file.
 My version of that file had the following entry ->

   1 IN PTR

  the correct entry should have been->

  25 IN PTR

 The number 25 in that line points to the last quad entry in the DNS
server's IP
  address ( Because the address was wrong NSLOOKUP reported
  that it could not find the server. I created the incorrect entry from a
  sent to me by Sun (which I did not understand at the time I received it
  created the incorrect named.rev file).

  The person who actually found this problem was Daniel Pigg
   Thanks again Daniel!

         Others Who Helped
       Charlie Mengler
       Steve Campbell
       John Berninger
       Neal S. Pressman
       Jeffrey C. Keyser
         Alan Orndorff
         John White
       Wally Winzer
       Nickolai Zeldovich

Bob Headrick, Senior Systems Programmer
ADP/SIS, Securities Industries Software
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