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Merge pull request #2506 from pieterlexis/openbsd-comp-docs

PowerDNS on OpenBSD work nowadays
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build-scripts portablize
codedocs update our doxygen configuration
contrib Merge pull request #2257 from rubenk/security-for-pdns-systemd-unit
debian Merge branch 'fix-debian-scripts' of
docs PowerDNS on OpenBSD work nowadays
ext Move pdns/ext to ext/
m4 Detect Lua on OpenBSD
modules Move pdns/ext to ext/
pdns Merge pull request #2501 from fobser/unistd
regression-tests.api API: Allow deleting out-of-zone records
regression-tests.nobackend Update tinydns data result
regression-tests.recursor dynamic modules regression tests
regression-tests Move remotebackend-unix test socket to testsdir
.gitignore Add --enable-coverage for coverage instrumentation
.travis.yml Build dnsdist from the dist in travis
.valgrindrc Add suppression file for valgrind, and turn it on
AUTHORS and auto* loves authors too
COPYING update GPLv2 license text, thanks Morten Stevens
ChangeLog.old rename ChangeLog to ChangeLog.old
INSTALL * Clean up references to cvs Move pdns/ext to ext/
NEWS auto* likes having some NEWS to read!
NOTICE limit accidental scope expansion, thanks @zeha
README Create soft link from README to Change autoconf version in README to be in line with
bootstrap Don't run automake twice Don't link in readline with everything
pdns.spec Don't add recursor manpages to auth
pdns.supp Add suppression file for valgrind, and turn it on

PowerDNS is copyright Ⓒ 2002-2015 by PowerDNS.COM BV and lots of contributors, using the GNU GPLv2 license (see NOTICE for the exact license and exception used).

All documentation can be found on

This file may lag behind at times. For most recent updates, always check and

Another good place to look for information is:

To file bugs, head towards:

But please check if the issue is already reported there first.


Source code is available on GitHub:

$ git clone

This repository contains the sources both for the PowerDNS Recursor and for PowerDNS Authoritative Server, and both can be built from this repository. Both are released separately as .tar.bz2, .deb and .rpm however!

COMPILING Authoritative Server

PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.0 and beyond depend on Boost.

On Debian 7.0, the following is useful:

apt-get install autoconf automake bison flex g++ git libboost-all-dev libtool make pkg-config ragel libmysqlclient-dev

If you build from git, first build configure:

$ ./bootstrap

(You may need to do that twice. You also need libtool-1.4, 1.3 won't work. Autoconf 2.61 or newer and Automake 1.11 or newer are required, too.)

To compile a very clean version, use:

$ ./configure --with-modules="" --without-lua
$ make
# make install

This generates a PowerDNS Authoritative Server binary with no modules built in.

When ./configure is run without --with-modules, the bind and gmysql module are built-in by default and the pipe-backend is compiled for runtime loading.

To add multiple modules, try:

$ ./configure --with-modules="bind gmysql gpgsql"

See for more details.


On Linux, make pdns_recursor in the pdns subdir may work. The portable, and supported, way to build the recursor is first running dist-recursor and compiling from the pdns-recursor-x.y subdirectory.

When building from git pandoc and zip are build dependencies.

To build deb and rpm packages after running dist-recursor, run build-recursor. This depends on Lua 5.1 (liblua5.1-dev), dh-make and rpm.


Use a recent gcc. OpenCSW is a good source, as is Solaris 11 IPS.

If you encounter problems with the Solaris make, gmake is advised.


You need to compile using gmake - regular make only appears to work, but doesn't in fact. Use gmake, not make.


PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through Homebrew:

$ brew install pdns

If you want to compile yourself, the dependencies can be installed using Homebrew:

$ brew install boost lua pkg-config ragel

For PostgreSQL support:

$ brew install postgresql

For MySQL support:

$ brew install mariadb


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