[Pdns-announce] First Alpha Release of PowerDNS Recursor 5.0.0

Otto Moerbeek otto.moerbeek at open-xchange.com
Wed Sep 13 11:02:22 UTC 2023

   We are proud to announce the first alpha release of PowerDNS Recursor

   This pre-release features the ability to read settings from YAML files,
   enhancing structure, processing and error-checking of settings.

   There is also an internal change: the code processing the YAML file is
   written in Rust and generated from a table. The former allows for more
   secure code and the latter has the big advantage that old-style
   settings, YAML settings and documentation[1] are automatically kept in

   Current old-style settings are still supported without change. There is
   a semi-automatic process[2] to convert old setting files to the new
   format. A future release will remove support for the old-style

   Introducing Rust code implies that the build procedure has changed. We
   encourage third-party package maintainers to take this alpha release
   and adapt their builds and provide feedback on this conversion. Our own
   package builds for various distributions are already adapted.

   We invite everybody to test this alpha release. Some suggestions of
   things to test:

     * Reading an existing old-style configuration works as expected
     * Converting existing settings file(s) to YAML using the conversion
     * Running a converted or newly created YAML configuration

   As always, there are also many smaller bug fixes and improvements,
   please refer to the changelog[3] for additional details. When upgrading
   do not forget to check the upgrade guide.[4]

   Please send us all feedback and issues you might have via the mailing
   list[5], or in case of a bug, via GitHub[6].

   The tarball[7] (signature[8]) is available from our
   download server[9] and packages for several distributions are available
   from our repository[10].

   With the upcoming final 5.0.0 release, the 4.7.x releases will be EOL
   and the 4.8.x and 4.9.x releases will go into critical fixes only mode.
   Consult the EOL policy[11] for more details.

   We would also like to mention that with the 4.5 release we stopped
   supporting systems using 32-bit time. This includes many 32-bit Linux

   We are grateful to the PowerDNS community for the reporting of bugs,
   issues, feature requests, and especially to the submitters of fixes and
   implementations of features.


   1. https://docs.powerdns.com/recursor/yamlsettings.html
   2. https://docs.powerdns.com/recursor/appendices/yamlconversion.html
   3. https://doc.powerdns.com/recursor/changelog/5.0.html#change-5.0.0-alpha1
   4. https://docs.powerdns.com/recursor/upgrade.html
   5. https://mailman.powerdns.com/mailman/listinfo/pdns-users
   6. https://github.com/PowerDNS/pdns/issues/new/choose
   7. https://downloads.powerdns.com/releases/pdns-recursor-5.0.0-alpha1.tar.bz2
   8. https://downloads.powerdns.com/releases/pdns-recursor-5.0.0-alpha1.tar.bz2.sig
   9. https://downloads.powerdns.com/releases/
  10. https://repo.powerdns.com/
  11. https://docs.powerdns.com/recursor/appendices/EOL.html


kind regards,
Otto Moerbeek
PowerDNS Developer

Email: otto.moerbeek at open-xchange.com

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