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Old 01-26-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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my domain is in a dns black hole or something...

I bought my own little domain ( some time ago so that I could always have the same email address and also host a few http resources. Lately, mail sent to my domain has been bouncing. Today the message was:

Your message cannot be delivered to the following recipients:

  Recipient address: [obscured for my protection]
  Reason: Illegal host/domain name found
I tried a tracert to my domain and it times out after 30 hops. What is the deal here? Is there something wrong with my DNS or something? Why is my domain *so* remote? I've done some tracert to the most obscure domains I can think of and it's never more than 16 hops.
Old 01-26-2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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dig returns:

# dig

; <<>> DiG 9.2.4 <<>>
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 31892
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;                     IN      A

;; ANSWER SECTION:              600     IN      A

;; Query time: 136 msec
;; SERVER: {removed for security}
;; WHEN: Tue Jan 26 18:40:48 2010
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 43
But ping goes into a black-hole
# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From {removed for security}: icmp_seq=0 Redirect Network(New nexthop: {removed for security})
From {removed for security}: icmp_seq=1 Redirect Network(New nexthop: {removed for security})

--- ping statistics ---
21 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 19999ms
A couple of questions:
  1. Does the server that you are hosting this on have a static IP address?
  2. Is the IP address correct (as shown in dig output)?
  3. When did this last work?
Old 01-26-2010, 01:08 PM   #3
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1) Yes.
2) Yes.
3) It works most of the time, but the occasional mail gets bounced.

The server is configured to ignore ping. I just did a tracert on the ip and I also get 30 hops before timeout. So I guess then that this is not a DNS issue, but some kind of weird network thing. What the heck?


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