Access to a local DNS server is always delayed by ~1 second.

I enabled the DNS server on OS-X Lion and it does indeed work. However when I query it using 'dig' (or nslookup) there is a delay of about 1 second before the reply is given. This delay is not reported by 'dig', which gives a response time of 0ms.

So for example a query using the OpenDNS servers completes sooner than one to the local server despite the name resolution taking 135ms longer:

$ time dig @ ibm.com

;; Query time: 135 msec

real 0m0.172s user 0m0.008s sys 0m0.006s

$ time dig @localhost ibm.com

;; Query time: 0 msec

real 0m1.068s user 0m0.009s sys 0m0.007s

The delay does not seem to be in the named server, as when using named -g to view logs there is also a 1s delay before the request is printed.

FYI: my changes to enable DNS were:

rndc-confgen -b 256 > /etc/rndc.conf
head -n5 /etc/rndc.conf | tail -n4 > /etc/rndc.key
edit /etc/rndc.conf to correct port number
edit /etc/named.conf to add this to the options:

forward first;
forwarders {;;

run named from the shell (/usr/sbin/named -g)

1 Answer 1


If you have localhost in /etc/hosts you also need to add a ::1 localhost line.

You may find that the delay has something to do with resolving the name 'localhost'. If you use instead, the delay should be reduced to milliseconds.

$ time dig @ muc.de

;; Query time: 10 msec

real 0m0.029s user 0m0.007s sys 0m0.005s

I don't know where the resolution of 'localhost' occurs or why it takes such a long time, but I guess it doesn't really matter...

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