Announcing Net::RNDC - Communicate with BIND through Perl

I often have need to communicate with ISC's BIND programattically and I haven't found any libraries out there to do that.

Often, what you'll see is a wrapper around BIND's rndc utility that forks, execs, passes it arguments, and then parses the output.

This is okay if you're on a box that can fork and has rndc installed, but that's not a safe assumption.

So I spent some time digging through BIND source and deconstructing the RNDC protocol (which was actually quite fun) and came up with Net::RNDC:
use Net::RNDC;
my $rndc = Net::RNDC->new(
  host => '',
  port => 953,         # Defaults to 953
  key  => 'abcd',
if (!$rndc->do('status')) {
  die "RNDC failed: " . $rndc->error;
print $rndc->response;

The base Net::RNDC interface is synchronous, but you can use Net::RNDC::Session asynchronously, or just use Net::RNDC::Packet itself to generate/parse RNDC packets.

The packet interface isn't yet well defined (just read/write entries in a hashref), but I hope to improve on that soon.


-- Matthew Horsfall (alh)

PS: Thanks to my employer Dyn for allowing us 2 days a month to hack on projects that we want!

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