[CentOS] CentOS 6 system-config-bind missing?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 19:15:20 UTC 2011

On 7/13/2011 1:50 PM, John Hinton wrote:
>>> But my use cases are related to a prodduction environment,
>>> maintaining several hundred zone files, with lots of adds,
>>> changes, and deletes.  The s-c-bind GUI tool was useless,
>>> compared to TUI edits (certain legacy systems) and scripts to
>>> do the backups, accuracy audit, and creation of all files
>>> including the PTR record files
>> So, aren't computer programs supposed to be able to deal with
>> complicated cases, or just not free computer programs?  Or is the input
>> syntax just too weird?  While s-c-bind may not have been the right
>> answer, it just seems odd as a missing piece in the distribution and
>> epel-provided packages.  Almost as odd as not having a network-aware
>> authentication mechanism working as a server out of the box on your
>> initial install - as though it would be unusual to have more than one
>> computer and want those initial users to be able to log into the others
>> you'd add later.
> I would have to guess that UpStream decided it was not to be. They most
> likely had very good reasons for this. I 'barely' looked at it as it
> could not do what I need to do and that was some years back. Is/Was it
> capable of doing IPV6? That would be a good reason to put it to bed...
> given IPV6 will likely become widespread during the lifespan of CentOS
> 6. Various SPF/SenderID/DomainKeys things also ride on bind these days.
> It could be that UpStream decided that was a good reason to put it to
> bed? Either way, CentOS is a nearly exact clone of UpStream, so really
> you need to go complain at UpStream, not on this list. CentOS has
> exactly matched their goal of providing the same packages available
> under UpStream. There is no point to complaining here.

It's not so much a complaint and certainly not directed at CentOS, as 
pointing out a curious situation that pretty much everyone has to work 
around.  Russ may be of the opinion that everyone should memorize 
bazillion-page books of details about each quirky service or hire 
someone who did, but I think the point of using computers should be to 
make things easier.  And I'm surprised that there isn't a common tool to 
make it easy at least in the usual 3rd party repos.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com

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