Re: [DNSOP] Starting a -bis document for RFC 8109: Initializing a DNS Resolver with Priming Queries

Andrew McConachie <> Thu, 06 August 2020 11:08 UTC

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Subject: Re: [DNSOP] Starting a -bis document for RFC 8109: Initializing a DNS Resolver with Priming Queries
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Dear Peter, Matt and Paul,

What does it mean for a resolver to be primed, or for a resolver to not 
be primed? For example, is a resolver considered primed only if it has 
all root server names and IP addresses? 50%? At least 1?

    Priming is the act of finding the list of root servers from a
    configuration that lists some or all of the purported IP addresses 
    some or all of those root servers.  A recursive resolver starts with
    no information about the root servers, and ends up with a list of
    their names and their addresses.

If that were true it would be impossible for the resolver to find 
anything. It definitely starts with some information about the root 
servers. Maybe change "no information" to "this information".


On 1 Jul 2020, at 1:39, Paul Hoffman wrote:

> Greetings again. Since RFC 8109 has been published, there has been 
> more discussion of what DNS priming means. This has caused the 
> document authors to see a few places where RFC 8109 could be clarified 
> and improved. Please see:
> Comments are welcome. If the WG wants to adopt this work, that would 
> be grand as well.
> --Paul Hoffman_______________________________________________
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