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GNU adns
Includes automatic sanity checking and responses that are automatically decoded into a natural C representation. Very easy to use for simple programs that just want to look up MX records or translate names to addresses. Time-to-live, CNAME, and similar information are returned in an easy to use manner, and you can launch many queries at once and deal with the replies asynchronously. The program reports errors in a way that distinguishes the cause of failure.


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Download version 1.0 (stable)
released on 17 September 2000


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey1 February 2001

Leaders and contributors

Ian Jackson Maintainer
Tony Finch Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Help E-mail
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Local full-service nameserver (eg BIND or Dents)
Weak prerequisite Shared lib build needs an ELF compilation environment

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 26 January 2014.


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