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Date:      Fri, 18 Jul 1997 12:23:47 -0600 (MDT)
From:      John-David Childs <>
To:        Brandon Gillespie <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG, freebsd-isp@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: upgrading to a safe BIND?
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On Fri, 18 Jul 1997, Brandon Gillespie wrote:

> My primary DNS is running FreeBSD 2.2-970205-GAMMA.  In due time I will be
> upgrading to 2.2.2, although I may just wait for 3.0 *shrug*.
> In the mean time, I would like to fix my BIND server.  There is no port
> for it (I guess since its in the distribution).. so which bind do I want? 
> bind-4 or bind-8?  And if I get bind-8, will my current configurations

BIND 4.9.6 would be "safe" and compatible with your current config files,
although ultimately I would recommend BIND 8.1.1.  The latter is so much
more configurable you'll thank yourself for taking the time to upgrade.
I wrote a sed/awk script to convert my primary/secondary zone information
from 4.X syntax to 8.X syntax.  I recommend using include files for your
primary/secondary zone info so that once you've got the basic
configuration, you never touch the master config file.

> work?  What differs between the bind distributed with FreeBSD and the bind
> at

I compiled 8..1.1 on FreeBSD 2.2.2 last week.  It compiles out of the box.
THe primary differences are that FreeBSD puts some of the binaries in
different places than isc does (e.g. /usr/bin vs. /usr/sbin) and that the
isc man pages go in /usr/share/man/cat* instead of /usr/share/man/man*

John-David Childs (JC612)
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  & Network Engineer            901 E 17th Ave, Denver 80218
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