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On Aug 23, 2008, at 8:38 AM, Michelle Konzack wrote:

> Hallo,
> if I use "host" I get:

> [michelle.konzack@tp570:~] host -t PTR
> domain name pointer mail.private.tamay-
> dogan.net.

> ----[ command 'dig PTR
>' ]----------------------------------
> ; <<>> DiG 9.3.4 <<>> PTR
> ;; global options: printcmd
> ;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> --
> ??? -- What is now broken?

You apparently are running "dig PTR" as your command.

"dig" doesn't hold any hands, or very few. You are asking for a PTR
record for the NAME "". It doesn't automatically assume
that you are referring to an IP address. There are two ways around
this "problem".

First, you can create the actual "in-addr.arpa" name that you really
are interested in. You can run:

dig PTR

where you have reversed the IP address and fully qualified it with
"in-addr.arpa". This will return the "PTR" record.

Second, and highly recommended, run:

dig -x

The "-x" option tells "dig" that you are supplying and IP address
rather than a name, and "dig" will generate the appropriate "in-
addr.arpa" name to query. Also, since you are providing an IP
address, "dig" will perform a query for a "PTR" record and you don't
need to supply the record type ("PTR") for "dig" to query for.

Nothing is "broken". Its all in the man page for dig.

Bill Larson