[dns-operations] The (very) uneven distribution of DNS root servers on the Internet

Paul Hoffman phoffman at proper.com
Thu May 17 18:28:51 UTC 2012

On May 16, 2012, at 6:16 PM, paul vixie wrote:

> On 5/17/2012 12:07 AM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>> On May 15, 2012, at 11:04 PM, paul vixie wrote:
>>> now that i've been reminded that the SOA timers are shorter than the
>>> update frequency and that no NOTIFY is required for up-to-date stealth
>>> slave service; and now that the root is signed, making it unlikely that
>>> stealth copies will be amended or that their namespaces will be
>>> overloaded with other stealth slaves... i agree with drc here. let's
>>> start encouraging widespread stealth slavery for the root zone.
>> I'm deeply confused by the threads that followed this proposal. It seems that the problem is "some ISP's recursive resolvers have not great connections to a local root server".
> no. that's not the problem.

Whoops, sorry. From your post, that is what the problem seemed like.

> the problem is, people want to do this, and there's no stopping them, so
> we should roll with it. encourage it, describe the best practices, make
> measurement and telemetry work, etc. (note, i'm not going to go into why
> people want this, or whether they should want this.)

Well, why didn't you say so? :-)

Just to put a stake in the ground, is this the problem statement people agree with:

Some ISPs want to act like root servers, so the root server operators should help those ISPs do so.

--Paul Hoffman

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