[dns-operations] Wither to revive SIG(AXFR) was Re: cool idea regarding root zone inviolability

Edward Lewis edward.lewis at icann.org
Fri Nov 28 14:19:15 UTC 2014

Caution - Basic engineering rationale philosophy argument herein.  (I.e.,
barely worth the stamp I put on the letter.)

On 11/27/14, 20:04, "George Michaelson" <ggm at apnic.net> wrote:

>I'd struggle to say that was a bad idea.

It isn’t just “good” or “bad” idea that needs judging, but, is it worth
doing?  For what you get, there are alternate means.  And given that tool
implementers (referring to Mark’s comment about BIND) are adding
protections beyond this this may be a better idea in theory than in
practice.  (Operative word - “may be”.  Okay, operative two words.)

>The history only informs the present, it doesn't have to determine it.
>The statement about 'learning from history, doomed to repeat it' is not
>meant to say you cannot re-try things previously considered and rejected.
>It means you need to be aware of them.

Cautionary tale – my initial message on this was just a data point, not a
forensic examination.  All it I said “we tried it, we didn’t like it”
mostly to prompt anyone else with a memory to see if they could recall
why.  On face, trying it and not liking it isn’t killer, just experience.
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