Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Mon Nov 1 22:10:25 CDT 2010

On Nov 1, 2010, at 4:40 PM, Mark Andrews wrote:

> In message <AANLkTinUMZYp9qe0i5pHYZ72aL3XyCtvaqHjzHuTkpo2 at mail.gmail.com>, Mich
> el de Nostredame writes:
>> On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM, Jeroen van Aart <jeroen at mompl.net> wrote:
>>> I battled for a few hours getting IPv6 rDNS to work. The following tool
>>> proved to be quite helpful:
>>> http://www.fpsn.net/?pg=tools&tool=ipv6-inaddr
>>> Just in case anyone else would run into similar problems. It's not as
>>> straightforward as IPv4 rDNS.
>>> Greetings,
>>> Jeroen
>>> --
>>> http://goldmark.org/jeff/stupid-disclaimers/
>>> http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/plural-of-virus.html
>> Forgive me if this is a stupid question.
>> I am curious that if BIND ever tried to make the DB file easier to
>> operate under pure text-based environment.
>> For example, allow something like following format inside zone file,
>>  48ff:fe35:d1bc         PTR     server.example.com.
> Firstly you don't have enough bits for a IPv6 address specified and
> secondly how would you distingish that from wanting the following?
> 48ff:fe35:d1bc. PTR server.example.com.
What would be the point of wanting that? It's not a legitimate ip6.arpa
name. While I realize BIND will dutifully parse it in its current state
and happily await a query for that particular name, it's not a legitimate
ip6.arpa entry and no such query is going to arise from anything
other than an error or abuse.

In other words, while it is syntactically within the bounds of the
RFC, it is semantically useless.

> If you feel like writing a $6REVERSE directive please go ahead.  We
> would be happy to accept such a patch.  I would however make it
> take full IPv6 addresses and also take prefix syntax ((prefixlen % 4) == 0,
> as only nibble boundaries make sense) and allow $ORIGIN to be specified.
> e.g.
> $6REVERSE fd78:8413:830:1::/64 SOA ....
> $6REVERSE fd78:8413:830:1::/64 NS ....
> $6REVERSE fd78:8413:830:1::/64 NS ....
> $6REVERSE fd78:8413:830:1::48ff:fe35:d1bc PTR server.example.com.
> $6REVERSE $ORIGIN fd78:8413:830:1::/64
> @	SOA	...
> @	NS	...
> @	NS	...
> one could make it more general and do both IPv4 and IPv6 ($REVERSE).
I agree that a $REVERSE directive would be a better solution. (v4 and v6)


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