Not sure where to post this question... but I have a DNS name resolution problem with OS X and it's driving me nuts. I'm trying to PING a host on my local network using the DNS host name, NOT the IP address. A ping by IP address does work however. Also, I DO NOT WANT TO ADD THE NAME TO THE HOSTS FILE. This defeats the purpose of DHCP (the D means Dynamic)... The lookupd configuration looks correct, dig and nslookup operate properly but PING does not. The name of the local host I'm trying to ping is 'files'. Here is a relevant terminal session (if there's a better place to put this, PLEASE let me know): mymachine:~ cliff$ lookupd -configuration ConfigSource: file://etc/lookupd LookupOrder: Cache NI DS MaxIdleServers: 4 MaxIdleThreads: 2 MaxThreads: 64 TimeToLive: 43200 Timeout: 30 ValidateCache: YES ValidationLatency: 15 _config_name: Global Configuration LookupOrder: Cache FF DNS NI DS _config_name: Host Configuration LookupOrder: Cache FF NI DS _config_name: Service Configuration LookupOrder: Cache FF NI DS _config_name: Protocol Configuration LookupOrder: Cache FF NI DS _config_name: Rpc Configuration TimeToLive: 60 ValidateCache: NO _config_name: Group Configuration TimeToLive: 300 ValidateCache: NO _config_name: Initgroup Configuration LookupOrder: Cache FF DNS NI DS _config_name: Network Configuration mymachine:~ cliff$ ping files ping: cannot resolve files: Unknown host mymachine:~ cliff$ ping files.local ping: cannot resolve files.local: Unknown host mymachine:~ cliff$ ping files.localdomain ping: cannot resolve files.localdomain: Unknown host mymachine:~ cliff$ mymachine:~ cliff$ dig files ; <<>> DiG 9.3.4 <<>> files ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 16769 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;files. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: files. 0 IN A 192.168.10.40 ;; Query time: 2 msec ;; SERVER: 192.168.10.1#53(192.168.10.1) ;; WHEN: Mon Aug 6 11:31:23 2007 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 39 mymachine:~ cliff$ nslookup > files Server: 192.168.10.1 Address: 192.168.10.1#53 Non-authoritative answer: Name: files Address: 192.168.10.40 > exit Any ideas? I've tried creating LookupOrder entries for every possible lookupd setting in /etc/lookupd but to no avail. This is extraordinarily frustrating and given the darwin roots of OSX this should be very very easy... Cliff.