Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

Flee for the hills!

The horror! It's the return of AXFR-Clarify!. Back in 2000-2002 an attempt was made to "clarify" the AXFR protocol--- part of the Domain Name System. The original document was not viewed as specific enough for interoperability. This led to an incredible amount of argument, flaming, and general bad behavior. As a result, the draft failed to make it to RFC status.

Six years later, Edward Lewis is trying to take another stab at rewriting the document. (He's a good guy; I met him once or twice.) Now the dnsext mailing list has erupted again with arcane disputes and claims of mismanagement... it's like nitroglycerin for DNS geeks. I guess some protocols just can't be touched.

(And this is just software. Vince Laviano had some good stories about guys standing up in the IETF and making the case that of course the minimum MTU for IP can't be changed because they have a satellite in orbit that handles IP traffic with a minimum-sized MTU.)
Tags: dns, flame war, geek, politics
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