[dns-operations] FreeBSD and the slaving of the root zone

Paul Vixie paul at vix.com
Wed Aug 1 06:08:25 UTC 2007

i don't mind the axfr traffic.  what i mind is that a service f-root provides
for diagnostic purposes is now a production service in the eyes of many, and
if we decided to stop offering it, there would be operational consequences.

the reason the change should be reversed is that it's a bad idea, pure&simple.
it has nothing to do with opt-in, opt-out, or traffic load.  wizards who want
to do this upon reading malone's paper or independently thinking of it, can,
and will know their costs and benefits.  it should never be the default, ever.


> Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 21:16:21 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Chris Yarnell <Chris.Yarnell at nominum.com>
> To: "dns-operations at lists.oarci.net" <dns-operations at lists.oarci.net>
> Subject: Re: [dns-operations] FreeBSD and the slaving of the root zone
> Sender: dns-operations-bounces at lists.oarci.net
> > being rude to do so without prior coordination. If I have offended the 
> > operators of B, C, F, G or K (or any of the others for that matter) I 
> > apologize. That was certainly not my intention. If the operators of 
> > those servers ask to have them removed I will do so at once.
> The polite response would have been to reverse the change and open a 
> discussion with said operators and allow them to opt-in.  Instead, you are 
> forcing them to opt-out.  Many of them do not actively read this, or many 
> other, lists.
> You state later in your missive that you have been thinking about this for 
> a long period of time.  How many of the operators have you discussed your 
> proposed change and use of their open AXFR with?
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