[dns-operations] AAAA being added for i.root-servers.net

Doug Barton dougb at dougbarton.us
Thu Jun 17 20:53:17 UTC 2010

On 06/17/10 13:29, Peter Koch wrote:
> while this would be a canonical change, it should be noted that the
> "hints" information is supposed to be used for resolver priming only,
> not to direct queries immediately.


While I'm sure that this information will be useful to some, I hope 
_you_ understand that _I_ understand this. :)

I was trying to avoid burdening the list with too much detail, but for 
the record my interest in the new file is related to the fact that we 
have a new release of FreeBSD about to be cut, and if there is going to 
be a new hints file sooner than later I would like to include the 
officially updated version in FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE. If there will not be 
a new official version in time I will then have to think about whether 
it's worthwhile to edit our version by hand to include the AAAA for I. 
Given that I like to avoid thinking whenever possible ...

BTW, since I've already blown the cache on the utility of this question 
I'll add the following for the benefit of Kim and/or Matt. The 
named.root file on the ftp sites has trailing white space at the end of 
the following lines:
;       This file is made available by InterNIC
K.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.      3600000      A
L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.      3600000      AAAA  2001:500:3::42

While this is not operationally relevant it is one extra step that I 
have to perform whenever I import the new version of the file. (And 
please, don't bother to tell me that this is pointless whinging, I 
already know that which is why I've never brought it up before.) :)

What probably IS operationally relevant is that the all-caps versions of 
the AAAA records violate the RFC-to-be 
which is currently in the RFC Editor's queue.



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