[Pdns-announce] dnsdist too! Re: [Pdns-users] PowerDNS needs your help: what are we missing?

bert hubert bert.hubert at powerdns.com
Tue May 26 09:17:11 UTC 2015

Hi everybody,

We're already getting decent amounts of feedback, please keep it up. We also
got a question if we are looking for suggestions on dnsdist: yes, very much


A version of the email below with clickable links is on



On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 02:34:38PM +0200, bert hubert wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> As we're working on PowerDNS 4.x, we are wondering: what are we missing?
> The somewhat longer story is that as a software developer, a sort of
> feature-blindness appears. We try to make the software better, faster etc,
> but by focusing so much on the technology, one can lose sight of the use
> case.
> In this way it is possible that a software vendor neglects to implement
> something, even though many users desperately want it. If so, please speak
> up! The short version: please mail powerdns.ideas at powerdns.com your ideas!
> As concrete examples, PowerDNS took its time to add an API, and once we had
> it, people immediately started using it, even before we had documented the
> API. Similarly, for many years, we did not deliver a proper graphing
> solution, and now that it is there it is highly popular.
> But what more are we missing? Should we expand into IPAM and do DHCP and IP
> address management? Should we make an out of the box NAT64/DNS64 solution?
> Do we need to improve replication beyond "database native" and "AXFR-based"
> (so 'super-duper-slave'?)? 
> Should we start doing versioned databases so people can roll back changes? 
> IXFR? 
> Should we add a built-in DNS based load balancer where we poll if your IP
> addresses are up?
> Or would it be wise to move on beyond the geographical versatile backends,
> and simply add 'US' and 'Europe', 'Oceania', 'Asia' IP address profiles?
> Should the recursor gain cache sharing abilities? Or pre-fetching? Or even
> TTL-faking in case auths are down?
> The list above is just to prime your imagination: if you have any ideas on
> what you are missing, please reach out to powerdns.ideas at powerdns.com!
> 	Bert
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