[Gllug] DNS - identifying primary nameserver

Paul Brazier pbrazier at cosmos-uk.co.uk
Wed Apr 10 13:12:49 UTC 2002

> > Slightly OT but is there a way of telling which DNS server is the
> > primary/master for a zone and which ones are the secondary/slaves?
> > (assuming I don't have access to the /etc/named.conf)
> You are of course assuming that there is a 'master' :) 

I thought there always had to be one master or primary nameserver for a
> Anyway from the outside there is no way to determine whether the zone
> being served is directly from an authoriative file (edited by hand /
> script / whatever) or a file which has been generated from an axfr.
> Just curious why on earth do you need to know?

I've got a DNS server that is configured to be a master for its zones
but isn't acting as I would expect. I was wondering if I could diagnose
the problem by looking at it from an "outside" view as well as from
inside. I don't have access to the setup details of the other
nameserver, which I had thought was acting as a secondary nameserver,
but now I'm thinking they may be both configured as primaries.


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