[arch-dev-public] BIND10? No, thanks.

Sébastien Luttringer seblu at seblu.net
Sun Mar 31 15:44:53 EDT 2013

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 3:27 AM, Gaetan Bisson <bisson at archlinux.org> wrote:

> Currently we use the BIND code base in two packages:
> - dnsutils from [core] provides basic DNS query tools;
> - bind from [extra] is the actual name server.
> With the new BIND10 release, the ISC really outdid themselves: all
> formerly standalone tools have been merged and rewritten as a python
> script which uses bindings to the new libb10-* series of libraries that
> are shared with the name server. Python being such a boring dependency,
> they introduced another three: botan, log4cplus, and boost!
> That mostly means two things:
> - We cannot keep splitting dnsutils and bind anymore.
> - I do not want to maintain these packages any further.
> We already have ldns in [core], a much better written (and sane) DNS
> library which includes query tools that are near drop-in replacements
> for BIND's: use `drill` instead of `dig`, etc.
> So I suggest:
> - Any package relying on dnsutils and its tools (dig, host, nslookup) be
>   ported to use ldns instead - should be straightforward in most cases.
> - We ditch dnsutils and bind out of our repos, unless somebody finds
>   them fun and wants to maintain them in [extra] or [community].
> Comments or suggestions are welcome.
Bind is the worldwide most used DNS server[1], I think we should keep it in
our repository.
Note they also plan to merge ISC DHCP server into ISC BIND[2].
If nobody is interested I can take care of bind.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIND
[2] http://www.isc.org/community/blog/201105/bind-10-dhcp

Sébastien "Seblu" Luttringer
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