Suse Linux box not resolving DNS

I have a suse linux box that doesn't seem to want to resolve DNS, either from the console (ping, etc) or from the services running on it.

BIND is running locally on the box and /etc/resolv.conf is set to for the DNS server. BIND is setup with proper forwarders and other boxes that use this server for DNS resolve just fine.  I can also run nslookup and resolve hostnames just fine, it just doesn't work for other things.

/etc/nsswitch.conf has:
services: files dns
hosts: files dns

Appreciate any ideas. Thanks!
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Your DNS service is listening on localhost ?
see "netstat -nltup"
you must see like:
udp        0      0  *                           923/named

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Also, you need the next code in options.conf
         * For localhost configuration, uncomment the listen-on directive below.
              listen-on {; };

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valheru_mAuthor Commented:
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      -    
udp        0      0  *                           -    

Both of those appear in the output of your command.
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in options.conf
allow-query { localhost; localnets; };

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In my config:

options {
        version "unknown";
        directory "/zone";
        pid-file "";
        dump-file "/var/run/named_dump.db";
        statistics-file "/var/run/named.stats";

              listen-on {;;};
              forwarders {;;;; };
              recursion no;
              allow-query { localhost; localnets; };

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valheru_mAuthor Commented:
Bah, I need to get more sleep.  I just changed the /etc/resolv.conf to the local IP addy instead of and it's working fine now.  I'll give ya the points since your suggestion put my train of thought on the right tracks.  

thanks for the help!
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