[dns-operations] Pinging the root name servers to check my connectivity?

paul vixie paul at redbarn.org
Mon Sep 10 20:04:49 UTC 2012

On 9/10/2012 7:57 PM, Phil Regnauld wrote:
> Paul Vixie (paul) writes:
>> more importantly, as112 announcements are variably scoped. pinging such
>> an address does not tell you how healthy you are. you might be reaching
>> something on-lan, on-campus, same-provider, other-provider. if the
>> purpose is to check your connectivity then you should ping something
>> whose network location you know is distant enough to matter.
> 	How is that different from ping the increasingly ubiquitious L and F-root ?
> 	(both seem like a bad idea either way)

as i said up-thread, anyone who wants reliable connectivity testing
should be contracting for the specific remote service they will connect
to when doing their health check.


"I suspect I'm not known as a font of optimism." (VJS, 2012)

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