dnsget - DNS lookup utility
dnsget [-v|-q] [-c class] [-t type] [-o option:value] name...
dnsget is a simple command-line to perform DNS lookups, similar to
host(1) and dig(1). It is useable for both interactive/debugging
scenarious and in scripts. The program is implemented using udns(3)
By default, dnsget produces a human-readable output, similar to
alias.example.com. CNAME www.example.com.
www.example.com. A 192.168.1.1
www.example.com. MX 10 mx.example.com.
which is just sufficient to see how a given name resolves. Output
format is controllable with -v and -q options -- the former increases
verbosity level up to printing the whole DNS contents of all packets
sent and received, which is suitable for debugging DNS problems, while
the latter reduces the level, making output more quiet, up to bare
result with no error messages, which is good for scripts.
The following options are recognized by dnsget:
-v produce more detailed output. More -v’s means more details will
be produced. With single -v,dnsget will print contents of all
received DNS packets (in a readable format), while with -vv, it
will output all outgoing DNS packets too.
-q the opposite for -v -- produce less detailed output. With
single -q,dnsget will only show (decoded) data from final DNS
resource records (RR), while -qq also suppresses error messages.
request record(s) of the given type type. By default, dnsget
will ask for IPv4 address (A) record, or for PTR record if the
argument in question is an IPv4 or IPv6 address. Recognized
types include A, AAAA, MX, TXT, CNAME, PTR, NS, SOA, ANY and
request DNS record(s) of the given class class. By default
dnsget uses IN class. Valid classes include IN, CH, HS, ANY.
-a (compatibility option). Equivalent to setting query type to ANY
and increasing verbosity level (-v).
Set resolver option option to the value value (may be specified
several times). The same as setting $RES_OPTIONS environment
variable. The following options are recognized:
Set initial query timeout to sec.
(re)try every query num times before failing.
set DNS UDP buffer size to bytes bytes. Valid values are
from 512 to 65535. If bytes is greather than 512, EDNS0
(RFC 2671) extensions will be used.
Use given UDP port number num instead of the default port
Use the given nameserver(s) (may be specified more than once)
instead of the default. Using this option has the same same
effect as $NSCACHEIP or $NAMESERVERS environment variables, with
the only difference that only IPv4 addresses are recognized for
now, and it is possible to specify names (which will be resolved
using default settings) instead of IP addresses.
-h print short help and exit.
When all names where resovled successefully, dnsget exits with zero
exit status. If at least one name was not found, dnsget will exit with
return code 100. If some other error occured during name resolution,
it will exit with code 99. In case of usage or initialization error,
dnsget will return 1.
host(1) dig(1) resolv.conf(5) udns(3).