Bind Queries log file format

Alan Clegg alan at
Wed Jan 25 13:37:45 UTC 2017

On 1/25/17 7:44 AM, Steven Carr wrote:
> On 25 January 2017 at 10:59, Tony Finch <dot at> wrote:
>> It's the address in memory of the data structure representing the client.
>> It is mentioned in the CHANGES file (#4471) and in the release notes - see
>> though the pointer field first turned up in
> Question back to the BIND team... why? what is the purpose of having
> this value exposed in query logs? what exactly is it adding? If it was
> a debug log then I can understand the need to have the memory address
> exposed, but for the "regular" user what is the use case?

BIND is always in debug mode, even when it's not in debug mode.

I find this addition to the log to be annoying and useless in 99% of
actual end-user use cases.

And why shouldn't you need to re-jigger all of your monitoring scripts
to skip that field?


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