dnspython 1.1.0b2

Bob Halley halley@play-bow.org
31 Jul 2003 00:14:26 -0700

dnspython 1.1.0b2 has been released; here's the README file:


dnspython is a DNS toolkit for Python. It supports almost all record
types. It can be used for queries, zone transfers, and dynamic
updates.  It supports TSIG authenticated messages and EDNS0.

dnspython provides both high and low level access to DNS. The high
level classes perform queries for data of a given name, type, and
class, and return an answer set.  The low level classes allow direct
manipulation of DNS zones, messages, names, and records.

To see a few of the ways dnspython can be used, look in the examples/

dnspython originated at Nominum where it was developed to facilitate
the testing of DNS software.  Nominum has generously allowed it to be
open sourced under a BSD-style license, and helps support its future
development by continuing to employ the author :).


This is dnspython 1.1.0b2.

New in this release:

	Zones now have find_rrset() and find_rdataset() convenience
	methods.  They let you retrieve rdata with the specified name
	and type in one call, e.g.:

		rrset = zone.find_rrset('foo', 'mx')

	Nodes no longer have names; owner names are associated with
	nodes in the Zone object's nodes dictionary.  (It is my hope
	that this is the last non-backwards compatible change that
	will be made to the API.)

	The Zone class now implements more of the standard mapping
	interface.  E.g. you can say zone.keys(), zone.get('name'),
	zone.iteritems(), etc.  __iter__() has been changed to iterate
	the keys rather than values to match the standard mapping
	interface's behavior.

	The IPv6 version of inet_ntoa now emits embedded IPv4
	addresses using the preferred syntax.

This release fixes all known bugs from 1.1.0b1.

See the ChangeLog file for more detailed information on changes since
the prior release.


Python 2.2 or later.


To build and install dnspython, type

	python setup.py install


For the latest in releases, documentation, and information, visit the
dnspython home page at



Documentation is sparse at the moment.  Use pydoc, or read the HTML
documentation at the dnspython home page, or download the HTML


Bug reports may be sent to bugs@dnspython.org


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