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dig, and ensuring that the rightmost column in the
ANSWER SECTIONis a domain name and not an IP address. For example, gmail.com is OK here:
$ dig gmail.com mx ; <<>> DiG 9.6.2-P1-RedHat-9.6.2-2.P1.fc11 <<>> gmail.com mx ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 51836 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 5, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;gmail.com. IN MX ;; ANSWER SECTION: gmail.com. 1912 IN MX 40 alt4.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com. 1912 IN MX 5 gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com. 1912 IN MX 10 alt1.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com. 1912 IN MX 20 alt2.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. gmail.com. 1912 IN MX 30 alt3.gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. ;; Query time: 15 msec ;; SERVER: 18.104.22.168#53(22.214.171.124) ;; WHEN: Fri Apr 23 02:24:50 2010 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 150