Bruce> I am using DIG to update my root.hints file, format: dig
Bruce> Each time it runs I receive:
Bruce> res_nsend to server rs.internic.net 188.8.131.52: Connection timeout.
Bruce> Am I pointing DIG to the correct root server?
No. 184.108.40.206 doesn't seem to run a name server, far less act as a
There's probably no need to "update your root.hints file". That file
hasn't changed in years. And if you have an out of date copy, the
current version is available at:
and no doubt at zillions of archive sites all over the net.
BTW, if your name server is configured correctly it will already know
the names and addresses of the root name servers. So you could just
query it for that information. The info in the root.hints file -
sometimes called root.cache or root.ca - serves as a hint to your name
server. It's used to find the actual names and addresses of the root
servers. When a name server starts, one or more of the IP addresses in
that file is asked for the details of the root servers. It just
happens that the well-known addresses for these "hint" servers in
root.hints turn out to be the root servers themselves.