Confusing DNS issue behind FreeBSD NAT

Greg Barniskis nalists at
Wed Jul 6 18:15:53 GMT 2005

Gerald wrote:
> Summary: 2 Freebsd -stable machines. 1 is NAT/Gateway for the other...

> These are from the machine behind the nat/gateway. Notice without
> specifying what server to query with dig, it ignores /etc/resolv.conf
> and queries localhost. What am I missing? (digs are trimmed to practical
> information for brevity.)
> Wed Jul 06  12:30:23
> root at 10:( /usr/src/) $  uname -a
> FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE #1: Thu Jun 23 10:59:58 
> CDT 2005     root at  i386
> Wed Jul 06  12:30:28
> root at 10:( /usr/src/) $  cat /etc/resolve.conf nameserver
> nameserver

Just to be sure... your problem box has a proper /etc/resolv.conf, 
or has it instead a *resolve.conf* as shown in your test sequence 
above? Of course, a resolve.conf file would rightly be ignored.

If the typo is only in your email and not really on the box, then I 
can only report that I see no such problems on a comparable setup 
(-STABLE client behind a -STABLE NAT box, both updated with src & 
ports circa July 2).

Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
South Central Library System (SCLS)
Library Interchange Network (LINK)
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