Acting as stealth slave for root zone

Thomas Schulz schulz at
Thu Dec 9 21:46:18 UTC 2004

In article <cpag8g$e8q$1 at>, Paul Vixie  <vixie at> wrote:
>David Carmean <dlc at> writes:
>> > Certainly F has always allowed zone transfers of the root zone, even
>> > when it was called NS.ISC.ORG back before the letter-names came into
>> > being.  It is ISC's intention to permit AXFR of the root zone from
>> > f-root, always.
>> What are your thoughts as a root server operator about this as a
>> technique to reduce the load on the roots?
>I think it would have no effect, or make things worse.  97.9% of everything
>f-root sees is crud, or so it says at
>Running a stealth slave for the root zone could make things worse if you
>fail to turn off NOTIFY.

What conditions would cause a slave to send a notify to a master?  Or do
I misunderstand what is being said?

> It could possibly make things better if your
>local resolvers are a major contributor to the "97.9% is crud".  Most
>likely result is no difference, since statistically speaking if you're
>clueful enough to run a stealth slave for the root zone, you already aren't
>part of the "97.9% is crud" problem, and you've got the TLD NS RRsets in
>your local caches, and you aren't hitting the root servers very hard at all.
>Paul Vixie
Tom Schulz
schulz at

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