[CentOS] Slightly OT: DNS -force client always use authoritative

Tue Dec 19 05:53:12 UTC 2006
Feizhou <feizhou at graffiti.net>

Aleksandar Milivojevic wrote:
> Feizhou wrote:
>> I don't know what clients you are talking about but those clients need
>> to be able to follow referrals. With named, you can turn off recursion
>> support. It will then refer clients to the next appropriate authority
>> like the root servers who will, in turn, refer them to the appropriate
>> name servers and so on until an authoritative name server is reached.
> Nope.  Clients don't need to be able to follow referrals.  Clients
> (resolver libraries) are allowed to be dumb and require DNS server that
> will do recursive lookup for them.

For his stated purpose yes they do: "that clients are always *forced* to 
use an autoritative name server". I take that to mean that those clients 
will be able to go ask an authoritative server which means they need to 
be able to find the authoritative server and that means following referrals.