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A890653

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DNS cache

In Linux there is something called dnscache. When used, the computer checks the local DNS for the translation, if it is not there, it checks the other DNSs that you have listed; such as, your ISP's DNS. The P2P networks could offer such a program to install and a way of seeding it with their DNS entries.
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Re: DNS cache

there are programs you can run that allow you to host your own DNS. You just point your network at your computer as the DNS server (with the program running of course). I did this years ago when the DNS issues were at their worst and there was no OpenDNS.

A890653

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Re: DNS cache

I think we are describing the same software.

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Re: DNS cache

said by A890653 :

I think we are describing the same software.

Eh, doesn't a Host file simply do that? If you want to assign a name to a specific IP numerical address -- use your Hosts file. Windows ALWAYS checks there first...

BTW - love the Godwining...

But can someone explain how the TWO videos are related?
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Edited solely to piss off rchandra.

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Re: DNS cache

said by R2:

Eh, doesn't a Host file simply do that? If you want to assign a name to a specific IP numerical address -- use your Hosts file. Windows ALWAYS checks there first...

ummm, firstly, "Host" file? I'm not sure what that is, being capitalized and all, meaning a proper noun. But just for the moment, I'll guess you meant "hosts" file.

Secondly, using such tactics are tenuous at best, because you have now taken the adminstration of that domian name totally into your own hands, so that any server/address changes, load balancing, failover, optimization, etc. are oblivious to you. This may or may not be the effect you wanted, depending.

Thirdly, no, Windows does not always check the hosts file first; the name resolution order has been configurable I believe since Win2K. It just so happens the default Windows configuration resolves names through the hosts file before trying DNS.

Fourthly, sadly (at least for you), the whole world is not Windows. Some of the rest of us have nsswitch.conf and resolv.conf instead of registry entries which do similar things.

said by R2:

But can someone explain how the tow videos are related?

ummm...tow videos? Videos about towing? sorry, just found that a bit funny. just chuckling at the malapropism/typo.
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Re: DNS cache

WOW - I guess this is a thread that is about nit-picking. Sorry I missed the point.

Hosts or hosts -- I honestly never spent more than a millisecond comtemplating the capital H. But... I don't believe the Windows' file systems (either NTFS or DOS) acutally recognize a difference -- in fact, I am quite sure they do not. So crucify me for making the word stand out as a "proper" name for emphysis!!! But that is only where you chose to start!

"Windows does not always check the hosts file first"
Oh, again, I guess you are SO right. But... does anyone, ANYONE really bother to reconfigure the order of the name resolution???? C'mon, can you estimate what fraction of Windows users that even know what you are talking about -- much less the fraction that actually bother to reconfigure this???? Incredible. Yes, yes, oh God -- you are correct. It is possible to modify the name resolution sequence -- but WHO actually does this?? Get real!!

"you have now taken the adminstration of that domian name totally into your own hands, so that any server/address changes, load balancing, failover, optimization, etc. are oblivious to you."
Ehhh... well, yeah, that is exactly the entire idea! If YOU want control of the name resolution, you have to take it in, eh, your own hands... Otherwise you are left with having the "other guys" control it! (and isn't that the "problem" being address in the origin of this thread -- or have I gotten myself too confused to remember?) Either way -- yes, yes, I cannot argue that -- if YOU want control YOU have to accept responsibility for your control. Such is life. Those "in control" need to "be responsible". (eh, unless you work in government -- then someone else is responsible).

Urrghh. The TOW - TWO typo. OMG -- how could I allow that?? Yes, yes -- thank you for punishing me for this typo. God, how can I possibly not misspell every word I type? Must be a miracle.

"sadly (at least for you), the whole world is not Windows"
This is the most pathologic line in your enitre response. "At least for you" - what does this mean? Do I have some stake in the proliforation of Windows? I am either "responsible for", or "reaping benefits from" the fact that Windows is still the dominant OS on the planet? I would LOVE this to be true, but unfortunately Mr. Gates does not recognize me. Yes, yes, the whole world is not Windows. And I really have NO idea if a Mac uses a Host - oops! - host file. Boy am I ignorant!

Thank you for you wonderful enlightenment.
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Edited multilple times in a vain attempt to avoid typos and errors.

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Re: DNS cache

Hmmm...let's see...

No, I didn't think this thread was supposed to be about nitpicking.

It's precisely because people seem not to contemplate why they capitalize something anymore that I made a comment. The comment has nothing to do with the characteristics of any particular filesystem. And there was no intent to crucify; you may have had your gain turned up a bit so you took it that way. It is a comment that it's generally accepted that capitalization is not supposed to be used for emphasis, unless the entire word is in caps. The reason it's mentioned first is only because the original post mentioned it first.

I'm not the one who chose the word "always." Yes, on occasion people for various reasons rearrange resolution order; that's why the capability is there. Yes, the fraction of altered configurations is small. But let's see, now who's nitpicking? just sayin...

Yes, the entire point might be altering administration of a domain, hence the inclusion of the word in my post "depending." The intent was to provoke careful thought before doing that; a counterargument, that's all. Take it FWIW.

"Sadly (at least for you)," means, out of nowhere, you pipe up with what happens on Windows, sort of implying the whole Internet runs on Windows. All it means is, as stated, the view seems kind of narrow.

I'm just saying, if I were writing it, I might have instead written something like, "At least for Windows, doesn't name resolution usually use the hosts file first?"

Hey, in all this, I'm just hoping we all get that much better rather than settling for mediocrity.

Well, yeah...I thought I acknowledged "tow" was a typo. Just admiring the humor in the result. Sorry, didn't intend to offend.
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