MavEtJu's Distorted View of the World - 2006-06
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Dumb DNS setup of the week
One of our users complained that the LawLink website (http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au) was very slow. I checked our traffic report webpage, and it looked fine. But why didn't it work for him? The problem lies in DNS:
[~] edwin@k7>dig lawlink.nsw.gov.au ns ;; ANSWER SECTION: lawlink.nsw.gov.au. 80018 IN NS ns.magna.com.au. lawlink.nsw.gov.au. 80018 IN NS kettle.magna.com.au. ;; ADDITIONAL SECTION: ns.magna.com.au. 79883 IN A 22.214.171.124 kettle.magna.com.au. 79887 IN A 126.96.36.199
Looks fine... FIrst nameserver
[~] edwin@k7>dig @ns1.lawlink.nsw.gov.au www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au a ;; ANSWER SECTION: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au. 0 IN A 188.8.131.52
Besides a TTL of 0 which is very strange, this one works fine. Next one!
[~] edwin@k7>dig @ns2.lawlink.nsw.gov.au www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au a ;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached
Unreachable! Now it starts to make sense.
Due to the TTL of 0, which means that the answer never gets cached, and half of the advertised DNS servers unreachable, it will take some time to get an answer for the hostname www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au.
Typical case of having your domains hosted by somebody who has zero clue about how DNS works. Way to go Magna Data!
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