Problem with hostnames starting with hyphens, stars, etc. (but works fine on windows!)

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Dav Clark, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. Dav Clark

    Dav Clark Guest

    So, I'm having trouble fetching pages from a set of URLs, but only
    under linux (Red Hat FC4, FC5, and ES3) not under Windows XP Pro (it
    works even under cygwin in Windows). Admittedly, the URLs are poorly
    chosen, and the content is garbage. But it's for a customer, and I
    have no control over that.

    In any case, I've tried fetching the URLs using firefox and wget from a
    windows machine, and that works fine. Under linux, I've used lynx,
    wget and telnet to port 80 (not gonna set up X11 just to debug this
    issue!). Always I get an error:

    lynx: Unable to connect to remote host.
    telnet/wget: Name or service not known

    but, host (mind your "--" to stop argument processing) reveals: has address

    And I can telnet, wget, lynx, etc. fine to that numeric address.

    Finally, a list of example URLs that I'm working with:


    I'm totally stumped on this one...

    Dav Clark, Oct 31, 2006
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  2. Hello,

    Dav Clark a écrit :
    These hostnames are just invalid.
    From RFC 1912 - Common DNS Operational and Configuration Errors :

    DNS domain names consist of "labels" separated by single dots. The
    DNS is very liberal in its rules for the allowable characters in a
    domain name. However, if a domain name is used to name a host, it
    should follow rules restricting host names. Further if a name is
    used for mail, it must follow the naming rules for names in mail

    Allowable characters in a label for a host name are only ASCII
    letters, digits, and the `-' character. Labels may not be all
    numbers, but may have a leading digit (e.g., Labels must
    end and begin only with a letter or digit.
    Pascal Hambourg, Oct 31, 2006
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  3. Dav Clark

    Dav Clark Guest

    I recognize that fact. This, however, does not change the fact that
    someone outside of my control wishes for me to deal with these invalid
    URLs. And, currently, I can't do this on anthing but a windows

    Surely I should be able to co-erce linux into using these URLs (which
    do actually resolve with host)?

    Dav Clark, Oct 31, 2006
  4. You are right, sure you could "co-erce" GNU/Linux to use it, ... you
    have all sources available, so shoot:

    - bind
    - mozilla
    - glibc

    When you finish "co-ercing" those get back here, I give you more so you
    can use http://*g'o`'o**!*#le.c0m !
    Johny be Good, Oct 31, 2006
  5. ;)

    That's lot of work!
    Raqueeb Hassan, Nov 2, 2006
  6. Dav Clark

    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    Resolve with host, use the IP addresses?
    Joe Pfeiffer, Nov 2, 2006
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