On Wed, 31 Jul 2002 11:46:47 PDT, Ed Gerck said:
The IP address of the root server is part of any name today, and it resides
in your browser. To contrast, what I said does not have the IP address
Odd.. There's no mention of the root server in my copy of Mozilla. There's no
mention of the root server in my /etc/resolv.conf. Given my firewall rules, if
a packet arrived from a root server, it would be thrown on the floor.
Obviously Ed's understanding of DNS as it actually works, and my machine's
understanding of it, are wildly divergent. Fortunately for my productivity,
one of them actually works.
There *is* a mention in resolv.conf of 3 or 4 IP addresses that are willing
to do recursive DNS lookups for me if I ask nicely. This implies that in
normal day-to-day operation, I' stuck with whatever THEIR concept of 'root'
Fortunately for myself, if those IP addresses get confused, I have the
technical skill to work around it, and the political clout to go down
the hall and say "Umm... Laurie? Phil? Carl? What are you guys up to?"
Of course, 99.998% of users are NOT in that position, and we need to
keep that in mind.
Computer Systems Senior Engineer
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