Bare TLD resolutions

Mark Andrews marka at
Wed Sep 17 22:05:05 UTC 2014

In message <21906507.2046.1410990673107.JavaMail.root at>, Ja
y Ashworth writes:
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Mark Andrews" <marka at>
> > Search lists are for hosts and host like things. Resolver libraries
> > have different interfaces for different purposes. Single label
> > hostnames for reaching non local equipment was deliberately phase
> > out in the 1980's as it was clearly a bad concept.
> Yes, and we're discussing the practical reason *why* it's a bad concept. 
> :-)
> My abject apologies to everyone who didn't get that I was talking about
> the *source* of the problem by synecdoche.

The source of the problem is bad search list handling.  It wouldn't matter
what records are there if the search list handling was correct.

Mark Andrews, ISC
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