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Old 04-14-2004, 07:44 AM   #1
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Question Public DNS Server - Zone Transfer -

Hello Everyone!

Here's the situation: I registered a new domain name with only to learn they do not provide a dns server (knew there'd be a catch for 7 bucks). Since i'm in no hurry, i decided to try a free public dns before building up my own dns server to see whats up with it. I'm going with since they do not have the 5 domain limit of zoneedit. I'm having difficulties with the Zone File. I've been searching for a decent tutorial on them for a few days but am only finding the very basics. And of course the news group isn't working either.

Below is the post for
(SOA portion is in a differant section of their online form)

#error message results if i only put 2 DNS servers or exclude ; EXTREF IN NS ; EXTREF IN NS ; EXTREF IN NS ; EXTREF

#Responsible person - hmm...not sure if i qualify for that yet IN RP

#my ip. sort of. IN A

#receive error without the localhost IN A

#some CNAME for the fun of it. Don't see it being necessary IN CNAME IN CNAME

#for my mail apparently IN MX 10

Here's My error messages:

Go back and fix these errors:

nslint: missing "ptr": ->
nslint: missing "ptr": ->

So there you have it.

I've tried including a reverse-entry IN PTR IN PTR

but it gives an additional error message.

Additional Info: I host 6 other domains on my server but had always registered with hence no need for the DNS server

I have 2 current suspicions regarding my troubles:

1. Missing a reverse-dns entry
2. Problems with other domain name sharing IP
3. I'm a dumbA$$ (oh, that makes 3)

Any thoughts on how i might resolve this problem? I have 5 static IP's and am planning on building my own primary and secondary DNS servers in awhile but would rather get this figured out first.

Thanks in Advance!
Old 04-14-2004, 08:52 AM   #2
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i have fedora 1. i use this computer for tests. i have a nameserver to test qmail. here is my named config files:
@ means the name that given in named.conf. in my named.conf it is

[root@linux chroot]# cat /var/named/chroot/
$TTL 86400
@ 1D IN SOA @ (
42 ; serial (d. adams)
3H ; refresh
15M ; retry
1W ; expiry
1D ) ; minimum

1D IN NS @
@ 1D IN MX 10 mail
mail IN CNAME @
www IN CNAME @

[root@linux chroot]# cat /var/named/chroot/
$TTL 86400
@ IN SOA (
1997022700 ; Serial
28800 ; Refresh
14400 ; Retry
3600000 ; Expire
86400 ) ; Minimum

249 IN PTR

[root@linux chroot]# cat /var/named/chroot/etc/named.conf
zone "" IN {
type master;
file "";
allow-update { none; };

zone "" IN {
type master;
file "";
allow-update { none; };

i hope these helps u.
Old 04-14-2004, 10:26 AM   #3
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Thanks for the post. I finally got it to work by adding: IN PTR


my.ip.backwards IN PTR

I could swear that i did that at least 30 times in the last 2 days but i must have been typing an error.

Thanks for the help!


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