another note from Spencer

Tue Jun 22, 2004 6:23 pm

To all the folks that use ATIS

There is a problem with one (or more) of the root servers in the DNS system
that is creating some problems that is affecting ATIS. One of the root
servers is continuing to cache old information and is not reporting "glue"
records and still has my OLD secondary name server in its cache. This
information was changed Friday so I am not sure why this is still happening
since the TTL for this information was only 3 days. Unfortunately, no one
at ISC (Keepers of BIND) can explain it nor is there a remedy. All I have
gotten from them is something like:

I am very confused...This output for ATIS leads me to believe that there
are missing glue records
at the parent. But when I issue successive "dig" commands, I find the
glue. I have been seeing this for a few weeks though.

Not comforting words from experts. In a nutshell what is happening is most
servers return the correct information (B.GTLD-SERVERS for instance) but
some of them (I haven't tested all of them) return the IP address of my old
secondary nameserver. Specifically G.GTLD-SERVERS.net is a big culprit.

Anyways, there is nothing I can do about it. If your ISP happens to get
G.GTLD-SERVERS or one of the others with an outdated cache when your ISP's
name servers reissues a query for ATIS, you will not be able to access ATIS
for about 1 day. Sorry about this, but there is nothing I can do.
Eventually all of these servers have to have the DNS information reloaded
so I feel comfortable this inconvienence will not last too many more days.

For more information on DNS and to test and prove what I am saying, visit:

http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/dnstime.c ... net&type=A

Just keep hitting refresh until G.GTLD-SERVERS.net reports
ns2-auth.sprintlink.net instead of heavyiron.atis.net or one of my
secondaries at biz.rr.com ns2-auth.sprintlink.net is one of three old
secondaries I use to have and ns2-auth had old information cached.

Sorry for any inconvienence but this should be resolved with a day or two
on its own I would expect,

Sincerely,

Spencer Yost

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