NSLOOKUP(1)                                                        NSLOOKUP(1)


       nslookup - query Internet name servers interactively


       nslookup [ -option ]  [ name | - ]  [ server ]


       Nslookup  is  a program to query Internet domain name servers. Nslookup
       has two modes: interactive and non-interactive. Interactive mode allows
       the  user to query name servers for information about various hosts and
       domains or to print a list of hosts in a domain.  Non-interactive  mode
       is  used to print just the name and requested information for a host or


       Interactive mode is entered in the following cases:

       1.     when no arguments are given (the default  name  server  will  be

       2.     when  the first argument is a hyphen (-) and the second argument
              is the host name or Internet address of a name server.

       Non-interactive mode is used when the name or Internet address  of  the
       host  to be looked up is given as the first argument. The optional sec-
       ond argument specifies the host name or address of a name server.

       Options can also be specified on the command line if they  precede  the
       arguments  and  are  prefixed with a hyphen. For example, to change the
       default query type to host information, and the initial timeout  to  10
       seconds, type:

       nslookup -query=hinfo  -timeout=10


       host [server]
              Look up information for host using the current default server or
              using server, if specified. If host is an Internet  address  and
              the  query  type  is A or PTR, the name of the host is returned.
              If host is a name and does  not  have  a  trailing  period,  the
              search list is used to qualify the name.

              To  look up a host not in the current domain, append a period to
              the name.

       server domain

       lserver domain
              Change the default server to domain; lserver  uses  the  initial
              server  to  look  up information about domain, while server uses
              the current default server. If an authoritative answer can’t  be
              found,  the  names  of  servers  that  might have the answer are

       root   not implemented

       finger not implemented

       ls     not implemented

       view   not implemented

       help   not implemented

       ?      not implemented

       exit   Exits the program.

       set keyword[=value]
              This command is used to change state  information  that  affects
              the lookups. Valid keywords are:

              all    Prints  the current values of the frequently used options
                     to set. Information about the current default server  and
                     host is also printed.

                     Change the query class to one of:

                      IN     the Internet class

                      CH     the Chaos class

                      HS     the Hesiod class

                      ANY    wildcard

              The class specifies the protocol group of the information.

              (Default = IN; abbreviation = cl)

                     Turn debugging mode on. A lot more information is printed
                     about the packet sent to the  server  and  the  resulting

                     (Default = nodebug; abbreviation = [no]deb)

              [no]d2 Turn debugging mode on. A lot more information is printed
                     about the packet sent to the  server  and  the  resulting

                     (Default = nod2)

                     Sets the search list to name.

                     If  the  lookup  request contains at least one period but
                     doesn’t end with a trailing  period,  append  the  domain
                     names  in  the domain search list to the request until an
                     answer is received.

                     (Default = search)

                     Change the default TCP/UDP name server port to value.

                     (Default = 53; abbreviation = po)


                     Change the top of the information query.

                     (Default = A; abbreviations = q, ty)

                     Tell the name server to query other servers  if  it  does
                     not have the information.

                     (Default = recurse; abbreviation = [no]rec)

                     Set the number of retries to number.

                     Change  the  initial  timeout  interval for waiting for a
                     reply to number seconds.

              [no]vc Always use a virtual circuit when sending requests to the

                     (Default = novc)

              [no]failTry  the  next  nameserver if a nameserver responds with
              SERVFAIL or
                     a  referral  (nofail) or terminate query (fail) on such a

                     (Default = nofail)




       dig(1), host(1), named(8).


       Andrew Cherenson

BIND9                            Jun 30, 2000                      NSLOOKUP(1)

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