[Mailman-Users] [continued] No address associated with nodename

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Fri Mar 11 20:16:14 CET 2005

At 10:52 PM +0900 2005-03-11, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

>  I don't know about Server, but on ordinary Mac OS X I see that error
>  fairly frequently.  As far as I can tell my university's network just
>  takes an awful long time to get the domain lookups back, and Mac OS X
>  times out.  Try again, and I almost always get immediate satisfaction.

	Now that you mention it, I'm reminded that there's a bug in the 
MacOS X resolver.  They set the retry and timeout values way, way too 
low, which causes a lot of errors of this sort.  I don't know exactly 
what they screwed-up in lookupd, but this is a known major bug, and 
I'm afraid that there's not really anything that any normal user can 
do to fix it.

	You can run a local caching nameserver on the machine, and this 
can help.  But only Apple can truly fix lookupd.

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