named mystery

jekillen jekillen at
Sun Dec 9 22:56:13 PST 2007

I have two name servers for four domains.
The primary name server is running FreeBSD v 6.0
and the secondary is running v 6.2.
I have an MX record for each of the four registered
domains. I have set up Postfix to act as a smart host
mail hub (the MX host). One of the named record
database is for one of the sites. When I try to send
an E-mail from this message to list e-mail address. The messages
bounce for dns lookup failure.
The name that is being looked up is

Some how the two names are being mashed together and then
looked up, causing the resolution failure.

dig -t MX produces the record according to
my ISP's name servers, which is the mashed version. Possibly they
have it wrong? Someone is screwing up the lookup for this.

There was a period missing after the MX host name record.
I added that and rebooted the machine with the primary name
server just to insure that named got the change and checked the
secondary record and it has the change

I did dig -t MX and got my secondary
name server responding. I checked the primary server to see that
it is actually running at the time, it was and is.
but the bak file on the secondary server has
		IN		MX	10	host.domain.tld.
$ORIGIN targetDomain.tld.

when the record on primary server is
@		IN		MX	10	host.domain.tld.
@ in this context should reference the domain this
file is for.
If anyone is a wiz at dns record and problems can you
make any suggestions or recommendations?
thank you in advance
Jeff K

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