[dns-operations] DNS at FOSDEM 2016

Shane Kerr shane at time-travellers.org
Wed Feb 3 16:08:13 UTC 2016


At 2016-02-03 14:58:29 +0000
Jim Reid <jim at rfc1035.com> wrote:

> > On 3 Feb 2016, at 14:13, Shane Kerr <shane at time-travellers.org> wrote:
> > 
> > My understanding is that the systemd resolver is not a full-service
> > resolver, but rather just forwards queries to the local caching
> > resolver. It does cache locally and perform validation though, so
> > does bring benefit.  
> Frankly, I’m struggling to see *any* benefit. In DNS terms, what
> might this systemd hobby-horse be able to do tomorrow which bind or
> unbound or.... can’t do today?
> Why invest effort writing, distributing and deploying a half-assed
> DNS resolver when it would be much easier for those Linux boxes to
> run a proper resolving server which uses mature, stable code and has
> a viable support base?

I basically agree. I like how they have looked at the use cases of
various user scenarios and I like how they have worked to integrate
with systems that control connectivity (mostly Network Manager but also
the systemd-networkd stuff). OTOH, it would have taken a lot less
effort to add hooks for existing software to do that.

> BTW, I realise you’re just the messenger Shane rather than a
> cheerleader for this systemd silliness. At least I hope that’s the
> case.

Haha, no worries. I have no prior involvement with systemd (other
than a mostly satisfied user) and no strong opinion about this effort
either way.


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