default dns config change causing major poolpah

John-Mark Gurney gurney_j at
Sat Aug 11 18:32:23 UTC 2007

Doug Barton wrote this message on Thu, Aug 02, 2007 at 03:14 -0700:
> >     I've never trusted using a hints file... not for at least a decade,
> I'm not sure how the hints file could fail, it's a pretty simple
> mechanism. But you're better off using hints (which go years between
> updates, and you only need one good server to get your cache primed
> anyway) OR AXFR, which will keep itself up to date automatically.

I've had the hints file fail on my server multiple times since I've
been running my servers...  DNS breaks and I get a constast stream of
messages that have no relationship to a failure to contact a root
server...  The first time it happened it took me close to a day to
find out that a simple refresh of my hints file fixed the problem...

Now, when I see that message, I now know to update my hints file, but
it isn't very good to require manual updating of the hints file every
few years to stave off broken dns.

So, mark on up to supporting a dns based distribution of the root...
(Not necessarily using the existing root servers, but some method that
will ensure that dns will not break just because it does.)

  John-Mark Gurney				Voice: +1 415 225 5579

     "All that I will do, has been done, All that I have, has not."

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