outbound-msg-retry definition query

George Thessalonikefs george at nlnetlabs.nl
Tue Jul 12 10:54:05 UTC 2022

Hi all,

I believe we can improve the text here to read:

"The number of retries Unbound will do in case of timeouts and non 
usable responses."

Is that more clear?

Btw as already mentioned NXDOMAIN is a usable response that terminates 
the query.

Best regards,
-- George

On 11/07/2022 19:18, Joe Abley via Unbound-users wrote:
> On Jul 11, 2022, at 09:49, Jan Komissar (jkomissa) <jkomissa at cisco.com> 
> wrote:
>> I think a non-positive reply is any reply that is not directly related 
>> to the DNS query itself. NOERROR and NXDOMAIN are (positive) responses 
>> that are directly related, as they answer the query.
> Oh, I agree with that. And a name error is cacheable which in this 
> context surely illustrates that it does not represent a failure to send 
> a query or receive a response.
>> All other response codes are related to other circumstances, such as 
>> network issues, ACLs, misconfigurations, and misformatted packets.
> I suppose there's an element of this that depends on the intent and 
> purpose of the query which is not necessarily evident. A query that is 
> sent in order to test an ACL and elicits a REFUSED response might be 
> positive, if your goal is to confirm that the query is blocked. I 
> appreciate that's almost certainly not the intention from the 
> perspective of unbound or its administrator.
> Joe

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