BIND Masters and slaves

Michael De Roover isc at
Mon Jun 15 17:32:17 UTC 2020

I concur with this. I'm still fairly new to BIND and DNS myself. I 
maintain 7 name servers (3 internal, 4 external) and master does signify 
to me that this is the server in control of the zone files for the other 
ones in that pool. The slaves are pretty much that to me, they take the 
zone files and apply them while not having any further control over the 
zone files themselves. In my external name servers it also goes paired 
with authority - slave authorities that are authoritative to the 
internet but slaves in that they replicate from an internal master. This 
is not something you'd see in real slavery, signifying that this is mere 
technical jargon. Is it a heavy term? Yes. Should we support "black 
lives matter" and condemn the completely egregious actions committed by 
the police officers towards George Floyd? Absolutely, and I hope that 
the former officers get convicted for not just manslaughter but murder, 
and that more protests will emerge (minus the plundering which was the 
case here in Brussels).

However, changing a name and going for censorship of technical jargon 
which will only confuse newcomers who will now face duplicate 
nomenclature changes NOTHING. George Floyd wouldn't have been able to 
survive just because we give things a different name. Instead we'd 
border closer to censorship which we had during the wars, and still do 
in heavily oppressed countries like North Korea, China etc. It's ironic 
that what these people are pushing for in practice is exactly the thing 
they seemingly seek to eradicate.

There is another relevant case where GitHub will apparently replace 
master branches in all their repositories. I'm really glad to be 
unaffected with my Gitea server. I may have to adjust my repository 
mirrors from GitHub however. For GitHub users, that change will likely 
break every one of their repositories that defaults to master and 
require adjustments from GitHub users of which many might not even know 
what branches are. That's the real impact of that and I find it deeply 

I do not want such a thing to happen to BIND just to please some people 
with large followings on Twitter who other than that, often have no 
affiliation with the project whatsoever.

On 6/15/20 12:53 AM, Vinícius Ferrão via bind-users wrote:
> ISC had a statement about it a time ago: 
> You can now call primary and secondary zones. But the prevalence of 
> terms are still master and slave. And I really hope this thing of 
> changing nomenclatures doesn’t go any further due to political 
> correctness.
> For the newcomers it’s not OK to break years of terms, software and 
> documentation just because some people can’t handle terms like master 
> and slave. Slavery still exists today and making the word disappear 
> will not solve the issue.
> And you’re correct about the BDSM thing. It’s a waste of time, efforts 
> and lines of code.
Met vriendelijke groet / Best regards,
Michael De Roover
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