SUMMARY: DNS Error message

From: Hector Davie (
Date: Thu Dec 14 2000 - 02:32:10 CST

The problem was error messages of the type:
> Dec 12 11:51:52 mainsrvr named-xfer[22480]: [] not authoritative for, SOA query got rcode 0, aa 0, ancount 1, aucount 0

Thanks to Jason Grove, Dan Anderson, Bismark Espinoza and others. As Jason
said, the messages meant what they said - the problem was not in our DNS
setup, but in the server which was supposed to be the primary for the
various subdomains.

An nslookup:
> server
> set type=soa
produced a "non-authoritative reply" that was supposed to be the
SOA origin!!

We had no access to Tracking down the supposed sysad for it
revealed it was a Cisco server with some duff definitions of their inverse
zones. Problem solved (including the main problem - those ten megabyte
/var/adm/messages logs!!)

Hector Davie
UNIX & Gateways
Ascom Ltd

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