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dig resolves a name but ping not. Why?

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Hi.

I installed and configured bind9 on a linux debian. From this machine I'm making a dig using one of the defined names in the zone and it works (even if I don't use the @ parameter on dig), so this command is working well:
dig myname.mydomain @127.0.0.1

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and also this other:
dig myname.mydomain

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However, this command doesn't seems to work:
ping myname.mydomain

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Which responds with this error: ping: unknown host ns.grup7.gsx

Why? How can I make it work?
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Chances are you have something in your /etc/hosts file that ping is using.

dig uses DNS only to resolve names.  It is a tool designed to troubleshoot or query DNS servers.

Ping uses mechanisms listed in the /etc/nsswitch.conf file for resolution.  This by default is usually:

hosts:      files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns myhostname

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Run the following commands:

grep hosts /etc/nsswitch.conf

and

cat /etc/hosts

They should give you an idea of why the answer from ping is different from the answer from dig.

Post the output of the two commands above if you need further help.
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by:gplana
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Yes, problem was on /etc/resolv.conf file.  Thank you for your help.
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by:gplana
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It was not exactly what you said, but you give me a good clue. Thank you!
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