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amplex 27th January 2013 02:48

Ubuntu 12: BIND issue
I have been working on this issue on my ubuntu server 12 vm for hours. I got the zone file to read correctly by named earlier in the day then changed some syntax somewhere and could not figure out the issue so I used a web based PHP zone file creator and just plugged in a hosts file. This works, except for the raw domain itself. Other domains seem to work fine with nslookup such as,, etc.

I have a domain that has been pointed to my IP for months. I have no problem looking it up from anywhere, but the DNS on my server is not working 100%. I can query nslookup for all hosts on my domain (,, etc), except I cannot query for the domain itself ( Reverse DNS works fine as well. The last line is the one I added which doesnt specify a host but I thought might help resolve without a hostname.

Here is the contents of my domain's zone file:

; BIND db file for

$TTL 86400

@ IN SOA (
2013012702 ; serial number YYMMDDNN
28800 ; Refresh
7200 ; Retry
864000 ; Expire
86400 ; Min TTL


MX 10


lateralus IN A
gw IN A
mail IN A

www IN CNAME lateralus
IN CNAME lateralus

Here is the output from nslookup:

root@lateralus:/etc/bind/zones# nslookup

*** Can't find No answer

root@lateralus:/etc/bind/zones# nslookup
Address: canonical name =

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