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What tools for DNS diagnosis can I use (instead of nslookup) ?
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Most DNS server softwares (with the exception of Microsoft's) come with DNS diagnosis tools in the package.
Dan Bernstein's djbdns package comprises dnsq, dnsqr, and dnstrace for DNS diagnosis.
For looking DNS information it also has dnsname, dnsip, dnsmx, and dnstxt. (Although note that several of these tools do not handle erroneous situations in the most robust manner. The response parser in dnsip, for example, is fragile and doesn't deal at all well with unusual or erroneous responses.)
Other people supply additional DNS diagnosis tools for use with djbdns, such as dnsqrx.
The Internet Utilities for OS/2 has dnsqry, dnsgeta, dnsgetns, dnsgetmx, dnsgetd, and dnsgetz for DNS diagnosis.
The ISC's BIND has host, dnsquery, and dig for DNS diagnosis. (Note that some systems are supplied with their own tool named host which often does not perform the same thing as the ISC tool by that name.)
Microsoft's DNS server doesn't come with any better tools than nslookup.
Alas! Microsoft, foolishly, doesn't provide in its DNS server package for Windows any query tool other than a port to Win32 of nslookup. (No. ping is not an appropriate tool for querying DNS servers.)
If you use Microsoft Windows, you'll have obtain and use the tools from another package, such as (for examples)