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       khost - Simple DNS lookup utility (libknot equivalent of ISC host)


       khost [options] name [server]


       This  utility  sends  a  DNS  query  for the name to the server and prints a reply in more
       user-readable form. For more advanced DNS queries use kdig instead.

           Is a domain name that is to be looked up.  If the name is IPv4 or IPv6 address the PTR
           query type is used.

           Is  a  name  or  an  address  of the nameserver to send a query to. The address can be
           specified using [address]:port notation. If no server is specified  the  servers  from
           /etc/resolv.conf are used.

       If no arguments are provided, khost prints short help.


       -4  Use IPv4 protocol only.

       -6  Use IPv6 protocol only.

       -a  Send ANY query with verbose mode.

       -d  Enable debug messages if any.

       -h, --help
           Print help.

       -r  Disable recursion.

       -s  Stop quering next nameserver if SERVFAIL response is received.

       -T  Use TCP protocol.

       -v  Enable verbose output.

       -V, --version
           Print program version.

       -w  Wait forever for the reply.

       -c class
           Set query class (e.g. CH, CLASS4). The default class is IN.

       -t type
           Set query type (e.g. NS, IXFR=12345, TYPE65535).  The default is to send 3 queries (A,
           AAAA and MX).

       -R retries
           The number (>=0) of UDP retries to query a nameserver. The default is 1.

       -W wait
           The time to wait for a reply in seconds. This timeout applies to each query try.   The
           default is 2 seconds.


   Missing features with regard to ISC host
       Options -C, -i, -l, -m, -N.

   Differences with regard to ISC host
       Option -d is not equivalent to -v, but enables debug messages.

       The number of retries can be set to zero.

       Verbose mode has slightly different format (same as kdig).


       Example 1. Get A, AAAA and MX records for

       # khost

       Example 2. Get reverse record for address

       # khost

       Example 3. Perform verbose zone transfer for zone

       # khost -t AXFR -v




       Daniel Salzman (

       Please send any bug reports or comments to


       kdig(1), knsupdate(1).