A fix is available for man page problems affecting the BIND 9.11.25 release (was Re: New BIND releases are available: 9.11.25, 9.16.9, and 9.17.7)

Michael McNally mcnally at isc.org
Mon Nov 30 10:51:28 UTC 2020


Hello, BIND operators --

Last week we announced the availability of the November 2020 maintenance
releases of BIND: 9.11.25, 9.16.9, and 9.17.7

Several reporters have made us aware that there was a problem with the man
pages in the 9.11.25 release (and only that release -- 9.16.9 and 9.17.7
were not affected.)

Those who are curious about how this occurred can read the details on
issue #2310 on the BIND project's Gitlab tracker:

   https://gitlab.isc.org/isc-projects/bind9/-/issues/2310

but the quick version is:

  -  an update to a tool used in our build process included changes
     to some style sheets that affected the man pages generated

  -  the problem has been corrected and will not affect future
     versions

  -  since the only affected components were man pages we did not feel
     the problem was serious enough to require re-issuing the release

  -  however, we have created a tar archive containing corrected
     versions of the 9.11.25 man pages which can be overlaid on
     top of the unpacked release to fix the problem.

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      Here's how to correct the man 9.11.25 man pages if you wish
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1)  If you have not already done so, download the BIND 9.11.25 source
(https://downloads.isc.org/isc/bind9/9.11.25/bind-9.11.25.tar.gz)
and unpack its contents

2)  Download bind-9.11.25-fixed-man-pages.tar.gz from the release directory
(https://downloads.isc.org/isc/bind9/9.11.25/bind-9.11.25-fixed-man-pages.tar.gz)

3)  Unpack the bind-9.11.25-fixed-man-pages.tar.gz file in the top level of the
source unpacked from bind-9.11.25.tar.gz in stage (1), overwriting the broken
man pages with corrected versions

4)  Proceed to configure, make, and install BIND 9.11.25 as usual

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Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience,

Michael McNally
ISC Support


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