telnetting/netcatting into a DNS server?

Mohan Singh mohansingh68 at
Tue Oct 25 19:34:18 PDT 2005

On 10/25/05, Mohan Singh <mohansingh68 at> wrote:
> How would I connect to a nameserver and talk to it so I can know it is
> working? I get as far as connecting to the port, but I don't know how to
> make it send back anything meaningful.

Thanks to all who replied. The best answer I got came from someone who
emailed me offline and told me that even if I connected sucessfully to
the nameserver, I couldn't get back anything readable because the DNS
protocol is binary. I guess host/nslookup/dig is the proper way to do

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