Commit 40d01ce8 authored by Bob Halley's avatar Bob Halley
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Code Drop 2 Status Update
Work since February has focused almost exclusively on the DNS library,
especially on database implementation and resolver architecture. The
DNS library now contains a transactional versioned database. In zone
mode, the database supports multiple concurrent readers as well as a
single in-progress abortable update (e.g. dynamic DNS or IXFR). In
cache mode, multiple concurrent readers and writers are supported. We
also have added interfaces for iterating the database, DNS
compression, parsing and writing DNS messages. Our tree code now has
support for bitstring labels (required for IPv6). DNS master file
loading is more robust than in the first code drop.
A significant amount of design and implementation work that we had
hoped to do later in the project had to be done in the current time
period. For example, both DNSSEC and IPv6 introduce DB and resolver
complexities that are so fundamental that they could not be deferred
until the time when we are actually implementing DNSSEC and IPv6
support. As a result, we have less code implemented than we had
hoped, but are ahead of plan on parts of the design.
We are currently finalizing the resolver design, and will start
implementing it soon. Also nearing completion, but not included in
this release, are library data types representing zones, the cache,
and a standard C structure form for each rdata type.
A basic test framework and a set of tests are included in this
release. The tests are in
To run a test, 'cd' into its directory and type 'make test'.
Result of the tests are appended to
We expect the test suite to become richer over time.
We've had successful builds and tests on the following systems
BSDI 3.1
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Do not run 'make install'.
Building with gcc is not supported, unless gcc is the vendor's usual
compiler (e.g. the various BSD systems, Linux). If you have gcc installed
on a system where it is not the vendor's usual compiler, then you should
setenv CC cc # Solaris, HP-UX
setenv CC c89 # Digital UNIX
before doing "./configure".
We know about the compiler warnings for socket.c on some systems. The issue
will be addressed in a future release, but in the meantime everything should
still work.
Code in bin/named is for testing purposes only, and is not representative of
the final architecture. Currently, it can load one zone and answer questions
about names in that zone.
All APIs are subject to change in future code drops.
Out-of-zone glue is not supported yet.
Trying to query for ANY RR type doesn't work yet.
compiler (e.g. the various BSD systems, Linux).
IRIX note: you must edit lib/isc/ changing
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before you run ./configure. Many compiler warnings, etc. are currently
generated on IRIX. They will be cleaned up in a future release.
bin/named Note
Code in bin/named is for testing purposes only, and is not representative of
the final architecture. Currently, it can load multiple zones and also
a cache, and answer queries for those names. Because the server cannot
recurse, and because it does not yet implement the full DNS protocol,
it runs on port 5544, not port 53.
API Note
All APIs are subject to change in future code drops. We expect the
existing library interfaces in the code drop to be quite stable,
however, and unless we've specifically indicated that an interface is
temporary, we don't expect significant changes in future releases.
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