Mark Blackman <mark@exon...> writes:
> my DNS resolution is broken, so my ports can't download any tarballs.
> In this case, I reach for dig to see which part of the DNS resolution
> chain is failing me.
> At the bare minimum, 'dig' should be an alias for 'drill', which I have
> to say isn't working brilliantly for me on OS X. It suggests I use '-t'
> and then keeps suggesting I use '-t' even when I do use it.
> drill feels a bit rough around the edges to me.
This reminds me of the (probably apocryphal) American grade school
teacher who complained that the metric system was so inexact; for
instance, a meter is _approximately_ a yard, a kilometer is
_approximately_ two thirds of a kilometer, etc.
By which I mean, of course, that you are blaming drill not for its own
shortcomings, but for those of the wrapper you use to _approximate_ dig
The -t option doesn't mean the same for drill as for dig. A proper dig
wrapper for drill would have to translate one to the other. However,
you should never need the -t option when using dig; I suspect that it
exists only for people who are so used to host that they want to use the
same command line except for s/host/dig/.
Instead of 'dig -t soa des.no', you should use 'dig des.no soa'. The
dig [@server] name [type] [class]
I'm not sure why it supports a class argument, since as far as I know,
the only class still in use is IN.
In the most common case, dig and drill are nearly identical; the command
line is exactly the same (except for s/dig/drill/), and the output
nearly so - drill doesn't print a question section. If that's a problem
for you, it's easily fixed.
% dig @ns.des.no des.no soa
; <<>> DiG 9.6.-ESV-R5-P1 <<>> @ns.des.no des.no soa
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 47226
;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 2, ADDITIONAL: 1
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;des.no. IN SOA
;; ANSWER SECTION:
des.no. 3600 IN SOA ns.des.no. hostmaster.des.no. 2012042401 3600 900 3600000 3600
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
des.no. 3600 IN NS ns.des.no.
des.no. 3600 IN NS ns.hyp.net.
;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
ns.des.no. 3600 IN A 220.127.116.11