Initial query speed

j.vogt at j.vogt at
Fri Apr 6 09:02:53 UTC 2018

Am 2018-04-05 16:00, schrieb Josef via Unbound-users:
> Hi list

> What I experience is that dns queries to domains i never queried
> before (thus making sure the query i not cached) is "slow" on on
> unbound.
> A query to such a domain can easily take some hundreds milliseconds,
> whereas on the Firewall resolver, the same querry is rarely higher
> than 100 ms.
> A second querry is alway very fast (0-1 ms), which is no surprise.
> When I run the provided warmup script from the package (also available
> here:
> this takes about 25 - 35 seconds when run for the first time.
> # time /root/bin/
> ...
> real	0m28.128s
> Is this normal? What are your experiences? What could be the reason
> for the diverging query times on the firewall resolver and unbound?

What I did not take into account was the following: when quering for 
example there is a query for the root server, for the 
top level domain, for the domain, and the subdomain. Using dig +trace 
helped me figuring out that the top level domain query takes usually the 
most time, some hundred ms. However, this is only the case when first 
quering this top level domain. This means the dns speed should increase 
over time because the top level domains are already in cache - which is 
exactly what I am experiencing.
Restart unbound
query: dig -> Query time: 622 msec
query: dig -> Query time: 109 msec
query: dig -> Query time: 140 msec
query: dig -> Query time: 143msec

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