SUMMARY: Can't do DNS lookups on SunOS 4.1.4 connected via PPP...

From: Matt Glaves (
Date: Mon Jun 08 1998 - 15:40:30 CDT

It seems that the error:

Can't find server name for address

Was pretty easy to solve. As demonstrated by Jochen Bern, all I needed to
do was compile a newer version of BIND. I compiled BIND 4.9.6 and that did
the trick.
The only catch is that if you want to follow Sun's unsupported method for
using DNS without NIS on a SunOS 4.1.3 machine, you must do that before
your install the new version of BIND. This is because when you install the
new version of BIND it replaces the old libresolve library.

Thanks to everyone who replied! I usually list them all, but I got about
40 replies and don't have the time to type out all of the names.

Matt Glaves System Administrator Old Dominion University Computer Science Department

My origonal message:

 I have setup a SunOS 4.1.3 box, and I am attempting to connect it to the
 internet via a dedicated PPP line. This machine is setup as our Gateway
 from our internal network to the internet. My ISP is currently doing the
 DNS for our domain.
 When I connect and attempt to do an nslookup I get the following error:
 Can't find server name for address
 I looked at SunSolve and it says that the DNS server can use the command
 "options fake-query" in the named.boot file. Not only is my ISP is
 unwilling to do this, but I can't seem to resolve address from ANY DNS
 server I have attempted to do lookups on.
 Does anyone know a way around this problem? I could setup my machine as
 the primary DNS server, but I don't know for sure if that would solve my
 Any help would be great. Thanks..

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