[Pdns-users] Confused about PDNS versions in distro package repos
b.candler at pobox.com
Sun Jan 6 18:07:27 UTC 2019
On 06/01/2019 17:54, Nick Williams wrote:
> I hate how confusing package versions are in distro package repos…
> (and that’s a systemic issue with repos, not a problem made by the
> fine folks here).
> I’m using Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic). I’m trying to decide if I can/should
> just use the PDNS package in its distro package repo, or if I should
> use repo.powerdns.com <http://repo.powerdns.com>.
FYI, the packaging of powerdns in xenial is complete rubbish. They
packaged a pre-release alpha version which had severe problems, which
were of course fixed in the release version; but Ubuntu never updated to
the release version. Nearly three years on, they still haven't done so
So my advice is strongly to go with repo.powerdns.com.
Not only will you get tested and stable code, and incremental
improvements; you can also choose which branch you want to run and
change branches when it suits you.
> The PDNS Authoritative version reported in Ubuntu’s repo
> (https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/pdns-server) is 4.1.1-1. But
> 4.1.1-1 isn’t an actual PDNS version. So is it actually 4.1.1, or is
> it 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4, or 4.1.5? Does anyone here even know the
> answer to that (seems like a big mystery of the universe to me)? Or
> maybe know where I can find this information?
Actually it's very simple: it just means powerDNS 4.1.1, packaging
version 1. This allows the same underlying version 4.1.1 to be
repackaged/re-released as (say) 4.1.1-2.
They would do this if they found a bug in the way it was packaged - e.g.
a bug in a pre/post install script, or a missing file, or a wrong
permission. Also, in some circumstances they might backport a patch to
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