[dns-wg] DNS registry sofwtare (Was: Ripe 46 Meeting
Patrick pat+ripe-dns-wg at patoche.org
Thu Jul 17 15:42:54 CEST 2003
On Thu, Jul 17, 2003 at 03:11:17PM +0200, Edward Lewis took time to write: > At 14:10 +0200 7/17/03, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote: > >> if the software base isn't conformant to the Queued documents > >> (better yet the resulting RFCs), I'd be wary to count on it for my > >> operations. > > > >This is a very strange argument. Gandi's IRI works with the EPP > >actually used in the registries. This makes sense, from an user's > >point of view. > > Well, yes, it is strange - I would even by wary of it's use in > operations at the point mentioned. I'm beginning to loose understanding of this thread... Gandi's IRI does not implement the EPP standard, since this standard does not exist right now. What does exist is few EPP drafts, and Gandi IRI supports three distinct versions of them, as used by .INFO .BIZ & .NAME registries right now. It is never implied that it handles all drafts, nor that it is updated in real time per latest drafts to handle all new bangs & whistles. It works, until Registries will change their implementation and use the EPP standard, when it comes out as such from the IETF. Right now, if you are a Registrar, you do not need a client speaking the latest EPP drafts, since no Registries use it. You will need it when Registries use them (kind of an egg and chicken problem, but many Registries will wait before EPP becomes an IETF Proposed standard before starting to use it, and some of those already using it have said to be commited to switch to the ``standard'' one as soon as possible after it appears). You may regret that Registries do not use the latest versions of EPP drafts (or that they started the EPP way far too early), but judging the quality of a client that really works (otherwise Gandi would not handle hundred of thousand of domain names, for example) by the degree in which it complies with latest drafts, seems strange to me, since the software does exactly what it says (which is not complying with all and latest EPP drafts). And BTW, since I am the author of it, but no more at Gandi, I would by happy to updrade it to the latest EPP drafts as soon as I find a job that permits me to do so, and as I may be able to do tests with servers speaking same versions (all help welcomed in this regard). Regards, and sorry for the interruption. -- Patrick. ``The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.''
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