stable 7.0 and nslookup help command

Robert Watson rwatson at
Tue Oct 7 12:26:22 PDT 2008

On Tue, 7 Oct 2008, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:

> Not to dissuade you from what you're trying to accomplish, but "nslookup" 
> has been deprecated (this has been stated a few times by the BIND folks), 
> and "host" is probably on its way out as well (though I remember somewhere, 
> sometime, nslookup used to state "being deprecated, use 'host' or 'dig' 
> instead" -- or something like that).
> Please learn to use the "dig" command.  I realise it has a somewhat high 
> learning curve at first (syntax-wise it can be somewhat messy), but 
> ultimately it's an immensely powerful -- or simple! -- DNS tool.

Ditto here -- dig requires a bit more understanding of DNS, but is actually a 
much more informative tool when it comes to querying DNS and debugging its 

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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