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Doc Bug #73149 dns_get_record(): A temporary server error occurred
Submitted: 2016-09-23 14:36 UTC Modified: 2021-07-15 10:42 UTC
Avg. Score:4.1 ± 1.0
Reproduced:134 of 134 (100.0%)
Same Version:23 (17.2%)
Same OS:25 (18.7%)
From: walter at oradio dot be Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Network related
PHP Version: 5.6.26 OS: Linux Mint 17 Qiana and Centos 7
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2016-09-23 14:36 UTC] walter at oradio dot be
[regression] dns_get_record does not return false on dns server failure

When doing a nslookup for this domain: the response is:

;; Got SERVFAIL reply from, trying next server

** server can't find NXDOMAIN

This worked on PHP version 5.5x, but when I upgraded to 5.6.26 this error occurred. The same error occurs on the production server, which is a different machine with a different OS, but same PHP version.

This is a regression from bug: #53092  ( ) . It was closed in 2014.

Test script:
$url = "";
$result = dns_get_record($url);

Expected result:
return empty array

Actual result:
throws "Warning: dns_get_record(): A temporary server error occurred. in ..."
and returns nothing (no array)


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 [2021-02-24 15:30 UTC] idem84 at me dot com
Got PHP (cli) and same problem here, even @ doesn't help..
 [2021-05-28 11:24 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2021-05-28 11:24 UTC]
Is this still an issue with any of the actively supported PHP

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 [2021-06-06 04:22 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
No feedback was provided. The bug is being suspended because
we assume that you are no longer experiencing the problem.
If this is not the case and you are able to provide the
information that was requested earlier, please do so and
change the status of the bug back to "Re-Opened". Thank you.
 [2021-07-15 10:30 UTC] e6990620 at gmail dot com
This error is due to the fact that the default value for the $type argument is DNS_ANY, which is ignored by most DNS servers.

dns_get_record('') doesn't work, but dns_get_record('', DNS_A) does.

 [2021-07-15 10:42 UTC]
-Status: No Feedback +Status: Open -Type: Bug +Type: Documentation Problem -Assigned To: cmb +Assigned To:
 [2021-07-15 10:42 UTC]
Okay, changing to doc bug then.  Thanks!
 [2021-11-08 11:06 UTC] max at nextcloud dot com
We ran into this when querying for 'DNS_A', 'DNS_AAAA' or 'DNS_CNAME' records.

Code in question is here:

It looks like this is independent of the type - just that 'DNS_ANY' requests are mor likely to cause a server failure.

However even with a server failure there should be a way to handle the situation - either by returning false or by throwing a well defined error that can be caught.
 [2023-04-20 08:33 UTC] dewald at appturelab dot com
Still experiencing same as what "max at nextcloud dot com" stated but with DNS_NS and with PHP 8. This cannot be a doc bug. It must be when the records cannot be found, ie the given domain does not exist etc.
 [2023-07-10 02:47 UTC] josh dot t dot richards at gmail dot com
It's returning `false` for me just fine though (even with the error message) which can be checked more easily with var_dump, but it does appear that dns_get_record() is more noise-y than, say, dns_check_record() because it tries to translate the errno output if the dns lookup fails.

The second issue is that sometimes it translates to TRY_AGAIN and other times to - presumably - either NO_DATA or HOST_NOT_FOUND here:

This is in contrast to, say, dns_check_record(), which doesn't bother:

So that accounts for the noisiness.

How I'm able to consistently reproduce the behavior: The "A temporary server error occurred" message goes away when I do an nslookup in between on the same non-existent domain. If I don't, it continues. (P.S. To repeat the same behavior (i.e. the noisy output) you have to pick a *new* non-existent domain once you've gone through the dns_get_record/nslookup/dns_get_record sequence).

Also, my gut is telling me the the inconsistent errno may be a red herring in the end, but I haven't dug into what would account for the errno changing in between calls. Possibly some DNS resolver caching/etc. where in one case it isn't certain it's more than a temporary failure and in another situation it's able to conclude "nah this really doesn't exist".
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