[Pdns-dev] 61 kbyte separate package of the most current powerdns recursor

bert hubert bert.hubert at netherlabs.nl
Mon Mar 27 01:29:06 CEST 2006

Hi everybody,

The PowerDNS recursor has progressed from experiment to rather cool to being
a rock-solid resolving solution. Out of the box you can build cool graphics
like you can see on http://adsl-xs4all.ds9a.nl/rrd/ - using RRDtool.

There are people that find the whole PowerDNS package, with support for
MySQL, PostgreSQL, Sybase, SQL Server, GEO IP, Oracle, LDAP, BIND zones,
pipes and whatnot a bit much for just getting a recursor.

Just as an experiment I've separated the pdns_recursor from the rest of
PowerDNS and as expected, there were little ties between them.

The resulting:


is a light-weight 61 kilobytes, with only a single dependency. As described
in the README in the tar.bz, the dependency only needs to be downloaded, not

Compared to 2.9.20, this version has a lot of polish and should be heaps
faster, more memory efficient and able to resolve some domains 2.9.20
couldn't. These domains were all broken, but we now try harder.

To give this recursor a spin, download it, run 'make' and then:

# ./pdns_recursor 

And you should be set! 

Let me know how you feel on making separate releases of the pdns_recursor
from now on. 


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