I just did the same query and got an authoritative answer with the correct
flags. When I query my own DNS server It returns just the IP as expected.
You sure your DNS server is configured properly?

Eric Davis
Sr. Network Technician
Rockefeller University IT Dept.

-----Original Message-----
From: bind-users-bounce@isc.org [mailto:bind-users-bounce@isc.org] On Behalf
Of bsfinkel@anl.gov
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:07 PM
To: bind-users@isc.org
Subject: Re: DNS "chicken-and-egg" Problem

To summarize this problem -

1) One of my mailers is trying to find the "A" record for


so that it can verify that mail from that domain is
legitimate mail.

2) The ucla.edu name servers delegate the zone to a name server


I talked with a DNS admin at UCLA, and he told me that they have
in the ucla.edu zone a delegation and glue:

igpp.ucla.edu. 6H IN NS igpp.ucla.edu
igpp.ucla.edu. 6H IN A

3) When I query the four ucla.edu name servers, dig returns:

;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 4
;; flags: qr rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 1
;; igpp.ucla.edu, type = A, class = IN

igpp.ucla.edu. 6H IN NS igpp.ucla.edu.

igpp.ucla.edu. 6H IN A

4) Why is this information not in the cache on my server?
Jinmei Tatuya said it might be due to a cache-clearing bug
in 9.5.0 (I am running 9.5.0-P2). I ran a test with
"max-cache-size 256M", and I did not see the record cached.
And I doubt that the cache was full.

5) Someone (I do not remember who, and I cannot find the reply in
the list archives) pointed out to me that the answers I am
getting from UCLA are not authoritative - the "aa" flag is

What could cause glue information (that I think is correct) in the
ucla.edu zones to be returned to my server as not authoritative?
I now assume that the reason that my BIND does not cache the glue is
that the glue is not marked authoritative. Thanks.
Barry S. Finkel
Computing and Information Systems Division
Argonne National Laboratory Phone: +1 (630) 252-7277
9700 South Cass Avenue Facsimile:+1 (630) 252-4601
Building 222, Room D209 Internet: BSFinkel@anl.gov
Argonne, IL 60439-4828 IBMMAIL: I1004994