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Re: [opensuse] Paths of DNS Queries
On 01/05/2019 15.34, Anton Aylward wrote:
On 2019-05-01 8:44 a.m., Carlos E. R. wrote:
Before that point (before reading from /etc/hosts) is the nscd intercept.
You mean that -- somehow, some unspecified manner -- that happens before the
decision as to whether to use files or DNS or something else as determined
the nsswitch.conf file is accessed?

No, after the decision.

So you are saying that nsswitch.conf is accessed then ..

If the decision is files, it is nscd who answers what the files say.

HOW? you are doing the 'by magic' (aka unspecified) again.

Where is the magic? I don't see it. It is you who first used the word

If "/etc/host.conf" says:

order files, bind

then the "decision" is first to ask the local files, ie, /etc/hosts.

"if the decision is 'files' ..."
well its not about 'decision.
if the refile reads:

hosts: files dns

that means 'try files first".
That means READING a file.
presumably /etc/hosts.

NOT invoking a routine or calling a network connection.

Who said different?

If the decision is bind, it is nscd who answers what the bind says.

More magic.

No magic.

Its not about a 'decision', it is IF AND ONLY IF the 'files' returns
STATUS = notfound

And where does 'bind' come into this? I'm running dnsmasq, not Bind9.

Because the wording in "/etc/host.conf" is bind, not dns. See "man

order This keyword specifies how host lookups are to be
performed. It should be followed by one or more lookup methods,
separated by commas.
Valid methods are bind, hosts, and nis.

I think you mean, reading the MAN(nsswitch.conf) where it says
"The order of the services on the line determines the order in which
those services will be queried, in turn, until a result is found."

So if the answer isn't find in "files" then it uses "dns".
But how does that get to invoke Bind9, nscd or dnsmasq?
In a deterministic, procedural manner?
As determined by some configuration!

Again, it does not decide what daemon to ask. It ask or The address is written in hosts. Who ever answers. Not its
business to know what daemon actually answers.

If nscd is running, then the library is hijacked, intercepted or however
you want to call it, to ask nscd first.

Or, maybe it intercepts,

No, it's the beady-eyed raptor that intercepts ...

find out he doesn't know the answer,

You mean "its not in the cache".

Yes, of course. Did you think it is a person, a magician? Of course I
mean "its not in the cache". But I did not use that wording.

I can see how that logic applies to both nscd and dnsmasq, but it still
say how it got to them in the first place.

nscd: intercept the library call.

dnsmasq: make an internet call, that happens in your case to be on the
same computer.

lets the
call to the library continue, and when there is an answer it stores the
answer in the cache for the next time.

I think that "library continues" needs a LOT more clarification.

But not from me.

And yes, Bind9 and dnsmasq can be configured to do their own caching.
At which point the relevance of nscd becomes apropos.

nscd is not at the same level as the rest.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.

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