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Old 12-05-2007, 08:43 AM   #1
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Cool Append DNS suffix in Linux

I have the following problem or dilema:

In windows whenever I try to ping a hostname I just use for example
"ping avatar" in which the dns server responds and answers me with the ip of the machine named avatar.

In windows however the append suffix name is made automatically so when I do "ping avatar" it goes automatically to "ping avatar.test" cause that's the dns suffix.

When I try to use the same command in linux "ping avatar" it says it's unknown host name. So I'm going to /etc/hosts file and I make it manually. In this way it works. But from the /etc/host.conf file it says that first it goes to hosts and then bind file.

My question is how do I make it to append dns suffix automatically in Linux so when I try to "ping avatar" it goes automatically like in windows to "ping avatar.test".

Offcourse if I give the command "ping avatar.test" in linux it works. Am I missing something?
Old 12-05-2007, 08:48 AM   #2
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$ cat /etc/resolv.conf
search rlwhome.lan
Old 12-05-2007, 08:52 AM   #3
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I have the following settings in resolv.conf


But it still doesn't work.

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Old 12-05-2007, 09:03 AM   #4
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Change "search" to just "search test" if you are looking for avatar.test.

Old 12-05-2007, 09:16 AM   #5
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Ok. It worked. I am so stupid .

Now I have another question regarding the DNS section of the same problem. Whenever I try to use the command dig avatar it doesn't work but when I use dig avatar.test it works.

I know it's related to FQDN I think. Is it possible to change somewhere to resolve only when I type "dig avatar" and not "dig"

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Old 12-05-2007, 10:30 AM   #6
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can you just type the command

man dig

you will get a answer
Old 12-05-2007, 11:09 AM   #7
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I know how to look into man pages of the commands. But if I would have understood the first time from reading the man page of the dig command I wouldn't have posted here.

So do u want to enlighten me? Sometimes I miss the obvious.
Old 12-05-2007, 11:39 AM   #8
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Working on your homework?
Old 12-05-2007, 12:28 PM   #9
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I'm trying to understand. I have no homework. I'm trying to learn.
Old 12-07-2007, 02:47 AM   #10
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Avatar.test has to actually exist, which means you'd need to have a local nameserver running the .test top-level domain (which you likely don't) for this to work.


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