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Sometimes I Hate Computers


One of my DNS servers lost its mind tonight – still not sure why.  Maybe I should update the DNS software approaching <ahem> a decade old.  It’s not exposed to the Internet, so it’s not a huge concern.  But when it died – man, what a domino effect.  I mean, it’s just my home network I’m talking about, not my work network.  But it killed my e-mail, Internet access, database connectivity, and a bunch of other stuff.  It was horrible.  I knew what the problem was, but knowing what the problem was didn’t make the silly thing respond to queries.  I ended up reinstalling the service, after which it responded to local queries.  But then it wouldn’t recurse.  Finally I got recursion working, and life is back to normal again.

It’s been in the back of my mind to move the DNS lives to a shiny new BIND 9.3.4 on Ubuntu.  Maybe it’s time to move that up on the priority list.  I’ve really let my network servers slide over the past year because I’ve been a little preoccupied with other things.   You know, things…


  • Have you ever seen/used djbdns? It’s written by the same guy that wrote qmail. The URL is if you want to check it out.

    It’s a little confusing when you first get into it (coming from a bind background), but it does things in a very logical manner…I picked it up pretty quickly. I switched all my stuff to it several years back, and it’s been solid for me.

    Also, we’ve got a nifty http interface for it that you can have if you want. (Aaron wrote most of it, but I added a little to it.) It builds the config files out of a mysql database, tracks changes made, has the ability to have multiple users (either to manage all domains or just to manage certain domains).

  • I’ve heard of djbdns, but it’s nothing I’ve looked at recently. My DNS needs are so simple for my internal home network, that basic BIND would do me fine. :) I’m a CLI guy whenever I can be. Heck, I still edit HTML by hand on some of my sites! LOL…I’m a loser, let’s face it…

  • I just let Windows do DNS on the home network. Active Directory, etc. It works, I guess. All I need here is a cache. Anyway, if you ever get back into djbdns, let me know. The command line geek in you will really appreciate it. :)

    (and I edit html by hand all the time…notepad.exe is still the best html editor ever!)

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Ethan Banks On productivity.

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