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A Simple DNS Resolver

, 27 Mar 2004 CPOL
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A simple DNS resolver compiled under Bloodshed C++ and using the Winsock 1.1 API

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This is my first socks program. Actually, it's the first one I completed since I want to test it's fuctionality before adding it to my main project. It is a simple DNS resolver using the Winsock API (v1.1). The program is a console application that accepts hostname or IP address parameters which will be resolved using gethostbyname and/or gethostbyaddress functions.

I really had a hard time of looking for a DNS query code in the net using the winsock API so I decided to try and make one myself. I have actually tested the program and it works. Of course, you need an internet connection to query DNS outside your network, and if the IP/host you queried is dead or has no reverse DNS then it would just state a DNS lookup failed!

The source code has comments on it and is fairly understandable for intermediate and perhaps beginners in winsock programming. It is mainly focused on the hostent structure since I had a hard time implementing it before. It is compiled in Dev-C++ which you could download at using its default libraries. I've also placed some comments on the source code for information on how to compile it.

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralBUILD problem Pinmembermotz14313-Oct-09 8:01 
GeneralSlow if the host doesn't exist PinmemberLudvik Jerabek23-Jan-08 16:27 
GeneralRe: Slow if the host doesn't exist PinmemberJLèé24-Jan-08 0:21 
QuestionProblem in Building.... Pinmembercharlesra20522-Aug-06 5:02 
AnswerRe: Problem in Building.... PinmemberJLèé22-Aug-06 11:48 
Generalcompile PinmemberDave_Nunes24-Jan-06 11:08 
GeneralCongratulations PinmemberTommahawk12-Jan-05 18:15 
GeneralRe: Congratulations PinmemberJLèé12-Jan-05 21:59 
GeneralQueries PinmemberAslFunky2-Jan-05 8:37 
GeneralRe: Queries PinmemberJLèé12-Jan-05 23:05 
GeneralRe: Queries PinmemberAslFunky15-Jan-05 9:01 
GeneralRe: Queries PinmemberEastMohican14-Jul-05 16:20 
<< There is no need to get mx records on a domain since the SMTP server of the domain will search the mx records for you >>
What the SMTP server has to do with the MX lookup request?? The SMTP server of the receiving domain just expects a connection from outside from a given port (usually 25). If you intend to send a mail to, 3 cases:
- either you prepare a mail and provide it to "sendmail" for instance which does all the work
- or you use one of the API on your computer to send the mail (eg MAPI), and this API will resolve the MX entries and actually establish connection to one of the results (send mail)
- or, and I think this is the case here, you write your own API and bypass your local mail sender subsystem (eg MAPI) to send the mail, in this case you have to resolve the MX entries yourself then connect to one of the answers from the NS.

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