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NSLOOKUP(8)							   NSLOOKUP(8)

       nslookup - query Internet name servers interactively

       nslookup [ -option ...  ] [ host-to-find | - [ 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-inter‐
       active  mode  is	 used to print just the name and requested information
       for a host or domain.

       Interactive mode is entered in the following cases:

       a)  when no arguments are given (the default name server will be used),

       b)  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.

       The  options listed under the ``set'' command below can be specified in
       the .nslookuprc file in the user's home directory if  they  are	listed
       one per line. 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

       Commands may be interrupted at any time	by  typing  a  control-C.   To
       exit,  type  a  control-D  (EOF) or type exit.  The command line length
       must be less than 256 characters.  To treat a  built-in	command	 as  a
       host  name,  precede it with an escape character (\).  N.B. an unrecog‐
       nized command will be interpreted as a host name.

       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
	      default domain name is appended  to  the	name.  (This  behavior
	      depends  on  the state of the set options domain, srchlist, def‐
	      name, and search).  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   Changes  the  default  server  to the server for the root of the
	      domain name space.  Currently, the host ns.internic.net is used.
	      (This  command  is  a synonym for lserver ns.internic.net.)  The
	      name of the root server can be changed with the  set  root  com‐

       finger [name] [> filename]
       finger [name] [>> filename]
	      Connects	with  the finger server on the current host.  The cur‐
	      rent host is defined when a previous lookup for a host was  suc‐
	      cessful  and  returned  address  information (see the set query‐
	      type=A command).	Name is optional.  > and >> can be used to re‐
	      direct output in the usual manner.

       ls [option] domain [> filename]
       ls [option] domain [>> filename]
	      List  the	 information available for domain, optionally creating
	      or appending to filename.	  The  default	output	contains  host
	      names  and  their	 Internet addresses.  Option can be one of the

	      -t querytype
		  lists all records  of	 the  specified	 type  (see  querytype

	      -a  lists	  aliases   of	hosts  in  the	domain.	  synonym  for
		  -t  CNAME.

	      -d  lists all records for the domain.  synonym for -t  ANY.

	      -h  lists CPU and operating system information for  the  domain.
		  synonym for -t  HINFO.

	      -s  lists	 well-known  services of hosts in the domain.  synonym
		  for -t  WKS.

	      When output is directed to a file, hash marks  are  printed  for
	      every 50 records received from the server.

       view filename
	      Sorts  and  lists	 the  output  of  previous  ls command(s) with


       ?      Prints a brief summary of commands.

       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.

		     CHAOS     the Chaos class.

		     HESIOD    the MIT Athena Hesiod class.

		     ANY       wildcard (any of the above).

		     The  class	 specifies  the protocol group of the informa‐
		     (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  exhaustive  debugging  mode	on.   Essentially  all
		     fields of every packet are printed.
		     (Default = nod2)

		     Change  the  default  domain  name	 to name.  The default
		     domain name is appended to a lookup request depending  on
		     the  state of the defname and search options.  The domain
		     search list contains the parents of the default domain if
		     it has at least two components in its name.  For example,
		     if the default domain is CC.Berkeley.EDU, the search list
		     is	 CC.Berkeley.EDU  and Berkeley.EDU.  Use the set srch‐
		     list command to specify a different list.	 Use  the  set
		     all command to display the list.
		     (Default  =  value	 from  hostname,  /etc/resolv.conf  or
		     LOCALDOMAIN, abbreviation = do)

		     Change the default domain name to name1  and  the	domain
		     search  list  to  name1, name2, etc. A maximum of 6 names
		     separated by slashes (/) can be specified.	 For example,
			 set srchlist=lcs.MIT.EDU/ai.MIT.EDU/MIT.EDU
		     sets the domain to lcs.MIT.EDU and the search list to the
		     three  names.   This command overrides the default domain
		     name and search list of the set domain command.  Use  the
		     set all command to display the list.
		     (Default  =  value based on hostname, /etc/resolv.conf or
		     LOCALDOMAIN, abbreviation = srchl)

		     If set, append the default domain name to a single-compo‐
		     nent  lookup  request  (i.e., one that does not contain a
		     (Default = defname, abbreviation = [no]def)

		     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, abbreviation = [no]sea)

		     Change the default TCP/UDP name server port to value.
		     (Default = 53, abbreviation = po)

		     Change the type of information query to one of:

		     A	       the host's Internet address.

		     CNAME     the canonical name for an alias.

		     HINFO     the host CPU and operating system type.

		     MINFO     the mailbox or mail list information.

		     MX	       the mail exchanger.

		     NS	       the name server for the named zone.

		     PTR       the  host  name	if  the	 query	is an Internet
			       address, otherwise the pointer to other	infor‐

		     SOA       the  domain's  ``start-of-authority''  informa‐

		     TXT       the text information.

		     UINFO     the user information.

		     WKS       the supported well-known services.

		     Other types (ANY, AXFR, MB, MD, MF, NULL)	are  described
		     in the RFC-1035 document.
		     (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.  When a reply	 to  a
		     request  is  not received within a certain amount of time
		     (changed with set timeout), the timeout period is doubled
		     and  the request is resent.  The retry value controls how
		     many times a request is resent before giving up.
		     (Default = 4, abbreviation = ret)

		     Change the name of the root server to host. This  affects
		     the root command.
		     (Default = ns.internic.net., abbreviation = ro)

		     Change  the  initial  timeout  interval for waiting for a
		     reply to number seconds.  Each retry doubles the  timeout
		     (Default = 5 seconds, abbreviation = ti)

	      [no]vc Always use a virtual circuit when sending requests to the
		     (Default = novc, abbreviation = [no]v)

		     Ignore packet truncation errors.
		     (Default = noignoretc, abbreviation = [no]ig)

       If the lookup request was not successful, an error message is  printed.
       Possible errors are:

       Timed out
	    The	 server did not respond to a request after a certain amount of
	    time (changed with set timeout=value)  and	a  certain  number  of
	    retries (changed with set retry=value).

       No response from server
	    No name server is running on the server machine.

       No records
	    The	 server	 does  not  have resource records of the current query
	    type for the host, although the host name  is  valid.   The	 query
	    type is specified with the set querytype command.

       Non-existent domain
	    The host or domain name does not exist.

       Connection refused
       Network is unreachable
	    The	 connection  to the name or finger server could not be made at
	    the current time.  This error commonly occurs with ls  and	finger

       Server failure
	    The	 name  server  found an internal inconsistency in its database
	    and could not return a valid answer.

	    The name server refused to service the request.

       Format error
	    The name server found that the  request  packet  was  not  in  the
	    proper format.  It may indicate an error in nslookup.

       /etc/resolv.conf		       initial	     domain	 name	   and
				       name server addresses.
       $HOME/.nslookuprc	       user's initial options.
       /usr/share/misc/nslookup.help   summary of commands.

       HOSTALIASES    file containing host aliases.
       LOCALDOMAIN    overrides default domain.

       resolver(3), resolver(5), named(8),
       RFC-1034	 ``Domain Names - Concepts and Facilities''
       RFC-1035	 ``Domain Names - Implementation and Specification''

       Andrew Cherenson

4.3 Berkeley Distribution	 June 24, 1990			   NSLOOKUP(8)

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