Merit Network
Can't find what you're looking for? Search the Mail Archives.
  About Merit   Services   Network   Resources & Support   Network Research   News   Events   Home

Discussion Communities: Merit Network Email List Archives

North American Network Operators Group

Date Prev | Date Next | Date Index | Thread Index | Author Index | Historical

Re: COM zone and serials

  • From: John Hawkinson
  • Date: Wed Sep 16 20:34:51 1998

> FYI the host(1) command offers a MUCH simpler way of checking these
> sorts of things.  Just a single command, and a single option "host -C
> zone" (or add '-u' to do the query/queries with TCP).  IMNSHO host(1) is
> far easier to use, and far more versatile, than any other DNS query tool.
> 
> The latest version of host(1) can always be found here:
> 
> 	ftp://ftp.nikhef.nl/pub/network/host.tar.Z

Namespace collision!

ftp.nikhef.nl has versions of programs that are very similar to
"canonical" distributions but are different in option syntax and
features. Usually somewhat more featureful, but not always.

For instance, traceroute that differs from the canonical version
(ftp.ee.lbl.gov).
"host" that differs from any of the canonical versions (like that
distributed with bind), etc., etc.

I think promulgating their usage as long as they conflict in name
with more popular versions of the same programs is A Poor Idea.

--jhawk




Discussion Communities


About Merit | Services | Network | Resources & Support | Network Research
News | Events | Contact | Site Map | Merit Network Home


Merit Network, Inc.