Hiding in plain sight: dig, host

Sometimes there are useful things hiding right under your nose. Here’s dig, which I found by mistyping … I forget.

root@lv-a8280 kmandla # dig kmandla.wordpress.com
; <<>> DiG 9.7.2-P3 <<>> kmandla.wordpress.com
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 17565
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;kmandla.wordpress.com.		IN	A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
kmandla.wordpress.com.	229	IN	A	72.233.69.6

;; Query time: 1 msec
;; SERVER: 192.168.0.1#53(192.168.0.1)
;; WHEN: Sat Jan 15 21:28:36 2011
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 55

Likewise, here’s host.

root@lv-a8280 kmandla # host kmandla.wordpress.com
kmandla.wordpress.com has address 72.233.69.6
kmandla.wordpress.com is an alias for lb.wordpress.com.
kmandla.wordpress.com is an alias for lb.wordpress.com.

dig, host, and a bunch of other things are in the dnsutils package. Not every distro installs that by default, but it’s worth checking.

Looks like I can knock one or two more off my list of software to try. …

P.S.: If you really want to see dig in action, take a look at this page.

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1 Response to “Hiding in plain sight: dig, host”


  1. 1 barrucadu 2011/01/15 at 10:59 PM

    I always forget about host, but it’s so useful.


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