F.Root-Servers.net and bogus data

Michael Handler handler at sub-rosa.com
Mon Feb 24 22:50:30 UTC 1997

In < at>,
Eric Germann <ekgermann at cctec.com> wrote:

> In the process of switching ISP's, I sent some updates off to InterNIC last
> friday.  The new SOA's are in place on all root servers except for
> f.root-servers.net.  Mail to hostmaster at internic.net yields no response
> (who knows, they could be using f.....)

handler at jumpgate ~$ check_soa com. | grep F
F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET has serial number 1997021900

hostmaster at internic.net is only for updating your data on the master
root servers. The master root has performed the updates, but
F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET hasn't loaded new "COM." data since Wednesday
of last week. (Sorry, Paul).

> So who runs F, and how do I politely ask them to check and see if they
> picked up their updates last Friday.  Contact listed for root-servers.net
> is hostmaster at internic.net.

There currently isn't a designated interface for contacting the root
nameserver operators in case of external problems. Fortunately, it hasn't
been a major problem yet. The default reflex seems to be to send mail
to NANOG, which has worked so far.

It would be nice to have a designated mailing list / web page... 
<URL:http://www.root-servers.net/> and <operators at root-servers.net>.
There could even be <a-operator at root-servers.net> through 
<n-operator at root-servers.net> to reach admins of specific servers.

While I'm on that topic, it would be nice to have a mailing list for
technical issues relating to root nameservers, given that this really
isn't a NANOG topic. If there isn't one yet, I'd be more than happy
to set one up somewhere. (Anyone who suggests edns-operators will be
promptly laughed at.)

Michael Handler <handler at sub-rosa.com>                        Washington, D.C.

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