libbind_resolver man page
resolver — resolver configuration file
The resolver is a set of routines in the C library (resolve(3)) that provide access to the Internet Domain Name System. The resolver configuration file contains information that is read by the resolver routines the first time they are invoked by a process. The file is designed to be human readable and contains a list of keywords with values that provide various types of resolver information.
On a normally configured system, this file should not be necessary. The only name server to be queried will be on the local machine, the domain name is determined from the host name, and the domain search path is constructed from the domain name.
The different configuration directives are:
- Internet address (in dot notation) of a name server that the resolver should query. Up to MAXNS (see
<resolv.h>) name servers may be listed, one per keyword. If there are multiple servers, the resolver library queries them in the order listed. If no
nameserverentries are present, the default is to use the name server on the local machine. (The algorithm used is to try a name server, and if the query times out, try the next, until out of name servers, then repeat trying all the name servers until a maximum number of retries are made).
- Local domain name. Most queries for names within this domain can use short names relative to the local domain. If no
domainentry is present, the domain is determined from the local host name returned by gethostname; the domain part is taken to be everything after the first ‘.’. Finally, if the host name does not contain a domain part, the root domain is assumed.
- Search list for host-name lookup. The search list is normally determined from the local domain name; by default, it contains only the local domain name. This may be changed by listing the desired domain search path following the
searchkeyword with spaces or tabs separating the names. Most resolver queries will be attempted using each component of the search path in turn until a match is found. Note that this process may be slow and will generate a lot of network traffic if the servers for the listed domains are not local, and that queries will time out if no server is available for one of the domains.
The search list is currently limited to six domains with a total of 256 characters.
- Allows addresses returned by gethostbyname to be sorted. A
sortlistis specified by IP address netmask pairs. The netmask is optional and defaults to the natural netmask of the net. The IP address and optional network pairs are separated by slashes. Up to 10 pairs may be specified. For example:
sortlist 220.127.116.11/255.255.240.0 18.104.22.168
- Allows certain internal resolver variables to be modified. The syntax is
optionis one of the following:
- sets RES_DEBUG in _res.options.
- sets a threshold for the number of dots which must appear in a name given to res_query() (see resolver(3)) before an initial absolute query will be made. The default for
nis “1”, meaning that if there are any dots in a name, the name will be tried first as an absolute name before any search list elements are appended to it.
- sets the amount of time the resolver will wait for a response from a remote name server before retrying the query via a different name server. Measured in seconds, the default is RES_TIMEOUT (see
- sets the number of times the resolver will send a query to its name servers before giving up and returning an error to the calling application. The default is RES_DFLRETRY (see
- sets RES_ROTATE in _res.options, which causes round robin selection of nameservers from among those listed. This has the effect of spreading the query load among all listed servers, rather than having all clients try the first listed server first every time.
- sets RES_NOCHECKNAME in _res.options, which disables the modern BIND checking of incoming host names and mail names for invalid characters such as underscore (_), non-ASCII, or control characters.
- sets RES_USE_INET6 in _res.options. This has the effect of trying a AAAA query before an A query inside the gethostbyname function, and of mapping IPv4 responses in IPv6 ``tunnelled form'' if no AAAA records are found but an A record set exists.
- sets RES_NOTLDQUERY in _res.options. This option causes res_nsearch() to not attempt to resolve a unqualified name as if it were a top level domain (TLD). This option can cause problems if the site has "localhost" as a TLD rather than having localhost on one or more elements of the search list. This option has no effect if neither RES_DEFNAMES or RES_DNSRCH is set.
search keywords are mutually exclusive. If more than one instance of these keywords is present, the last instance wins.
search keyword of a system's
resolv.conf file can be overridden on a per-process basis by setting the environment variable “LOCALDOMAIN” to a space-separated list of search domains.
options keyword of a system's
resolv.conf file can be amended on a per-process basis by setting the environment variable “RES_OPTIONS to a space-separated list of” resolver options as explained above under
The keyword and value must appear on a single line, and the keyword (e.g.,
nameserver) must start the line. The value follows the keyword, separated by white space.
gethostbyname(3), hostname(7), resolver(3), resolver(5). “Name Server Operations Guide for BIND”
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