Should admin tool depend on 9.1, or stick with 8.2?

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at
Tue Mar 27 22:21:13 UTC 2001

At 10:14 AM -0800 3/27/01, jrusoff at wrote:

>  Apple is looking at writing some frontend tools for DNS admin.
>  Realistically, we probably can't support both 8.2 and 9.1, so we are
>  wondering if it is sensible to move forward and build the tool to work
>  with 9.1, or to stay with 8.x.  My guess is that most people are
>  reluctant to migrate to Bind 9 because of database migration headaches.
>  Are there other performance or compatibility issues that folks see
>  holding back the widespread use of Bind 9?

	Speaking as a guy who just got my copy of MacOS X but won't be 
installing it on my 400Mhz Powerbook G3/Pismo until certain bugs are 
fixed (mostly to do with drivers, such as Lucent WaveLAN cards), I 
would strongly encourage you to go with BINDv9 -- by the time you 
ship such a tool, BIND 8 will most likely be history, and BINDv9 will 
be the only show in town.

	That said, I don't believe that there are significant differences 
between a properly configured BIND 8 server and one running BINDv9, 
so I don't understand why you couldn't support both.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at>

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