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Authored by: ptwithy on Jun 22, '05 05:37:28PM

Each search domain you add can slow down lookups. If you add a search domain of:

foo.bar.bletch

and enter zot as an address, then lookup will try:

zot.foo.bar.bletch
zot.bar.bletch
zot.bletch

Many browsers have their own search they layer on top of this, by trying

zot.com
www.zot.com
zot.net
www.zot.net
zot.org
www.zot.org

If the nameserver you talk to is slow about giving negative replies, you can waste a lot of time trying all these combinations.



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