Why was nslookup removed from FreeBSD 10?

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.mu
Sat Jan 25 19:38:16 UTC 2014

On Saturday, January 25, 2014 09:13:08 PM Frank Leonhardt 

> Unbelievable, but true - someone somewhere thought that
> removing nslookup from the base system was the way to
> go.
> Why? Can anyone shed any light on how this decision was
> made?

If you read:


Under the "2.3. Userland Changes" section, you will notice:

	"BIND has been removed from the base system.
	 unbound(8), which is maintained by NLnet Labs, has
	 been imported to support local DNS resolution
	 functionality with DNSSEC. Note that it is not a
	 replacement of BIND and the latest versions of BIND
	 is still available in the Ports Collection. With
	 this change, nslookup and dig are no longer a part
	 of the base system. Users should instead use
	 host(1) and drill(1) Alternatively, nslookup and
	 dig can be obtained by installing dns/bind-tools
	 port. [r255949]"

So install /usr/ports/dns/bind-tools and you're a happy guy.

As to the philosophy of it all, no point arguing. Fait 

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