Query Internet name servers with a certain DNS server

host, nslookup and dig command used to query Internet name servers interactively (DNS lookup utility). Any one of these command is normally use to convert names to IP addresses and vice versa. These utilities are real lifesaver when you want to troubleshoot problem.

By default, they query and use name server specified in /etc/resolve.conf file. For example, consider output nslookup (use default name server):

$ nslookup


Server:         ns9.san.yahoo.com.

Name:   cyberciti.biz
Name:   cyberciti.biz
Name:   cyberciti.biz
Name:   cyberciti.biz

Now execute same command as follows:

$ nslookup – ns1.net4india.com


> cyberciti.biz
Server:         ns1.net4india.com

Name:   cyberciti.biz

When the first argument is a hyphen (-) and the second argument is the Internet address of a name server, you are forcing to use a certain name server to nslookup command. This is handy to debug domain related problems. Simlarly you can force dig command to use a certain name server:

$ dig @ns1.net4india.com +qr cyberciti.biz

OR force host command to use a certain nameserver:

$ host cyberciti.biz ns1.net4india.com

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