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Re: Bug#494043: ITP: ozymandns -- An experimental DNS server and miscellaneous DNS tools

Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> On 06/08/08 at 23:17 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
>> Jacob wrote:
>>> Package: wnpp
>>> Severity: wishlist
>>> Owner: Jacob Appelbaum <jacob@appelbaum.net>
>>> * Package name    : ozymandns
>> Hmmm. I used to run this version of ozymandns to provide IP-over-DNS
>> style services, and it was far from stable. It would often crash, drop
>> connections or chew lots of CPU for no apparent reason. Unless things
>> have improved substantially since, I would recommend strongly against
>> adding these to the archive.
> Confirmed. And it hasn't been fixed.


Micah Anderson encouraged me to package this software. We were both
annoyed that it is both very useful and seemingly abandoned software.

I'd agree that ozymandns has an unstable component (specifically
nomde.pl in my experience). However, the file transfer utilities are
just fine as far as I've seen. Have you had any problems with them? Do
you have test cases that crash them?

Despite the sometimes weird behavior of nomde.pl, Ozymandns as a suite
is quite useful. I'm actually using it right now to send this email. :-)

Currently Debian users can only use it as an unmaintained tar.gz
randomly found online. Dan Kaminsky and I spoke about a Debian package.
He seemed happy to have someone, even if it wasn't me, package it up.
This was some time ago but I believe he still feels this way. I've
recently attempted to contact him about licensing issues and hopefully
that will be worked out soon as well...

I've taken the time to integrate a widely used patch, write man pages
and example documentation. I've also created an init.d script. Once I
have finish packaging ozymandns, I hope to find the cause of the
instability issues I've personally experienced.


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