a note on 9.10.0rc2: eleven, twelve; dig and delv(e)

Evan Hunt each at isc.org
Fri Apr 25 21:25:19 UTC 2014


A few minutes ago, the second release candidate of BIND 9.10.0
was published and announced.  I wanted to send out a brief note
regarding one of the changes.

In 9.10.0b2 we introduced a handy new tool to the BIND suite, a
lookup and validation utility called "delve".  The name was
obviously a pun on "dig" (with reference to a classic nursery
rhyme, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One,_Two,_Buckle_My_Shoe),
and also a shout-out to NLNetLabs's excellent "drill".

Alas! It was brought to our attention a few days ago that this
created a namespace conflict: The Xapian search engine, it turns
out, already includes a tool called "delve", and has for several

So, after consultation with the bottoms of one or two bottles, and
consideration of several alternative names (including "dredge", "bore",
"shovel" and -- taking it in a slightly different direction --
"groove") we decided to simply send the second 'e' in "delve" off to
wherever the one from creat() went.  The tool will now be called
"delv".  (I plan to continue pronouncing it the same way.)

My apologies to the Xapian project for the oversight: no disrespect
was intended, I simply didn't know.  Apologies also to any early
adopters of delv who may be inconvenienced by the change.

Evan Hunt -- each at isc.org
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc.

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