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All documentation can be found on http://doc.powerdns.com/
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SOURCE CODE / GIT
Source code is available on GitHub:
git clone https://github.com/PowerDNS/pdns.git
This repository contains the sources for the PowerDNS Recursor, the PowerDNS
Authoritative Server, and dnsdist (a powerful DNS loadbalancer). All three can
be built from this repository. However, all three released separately as .tar.bz2,
.deb and .rpm.
COMPILING Authoritative Server
The PowerDNS Authoritative Server depends on Boost, OpenSSL and requires a
compiler with C++-2011 support.
On Debian 9, the following is useful:
apt install g++ libboost-all-dev libtool make pkg-config default-libmysqlclient-dev libssl-dev virtualenv
When building from git, the following packages are also required:
apt install autoconf automake ragel bison flex
For Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver), the following packages should be installed:
apt install libcurl4-openssl-dev luajit lua-yaml-dev libyaml-cpp-dev libtolua-dev lua5.3 autoconf automake ragel bison flex g++ libboost-all-dev libtool make pkg-config libssl-dev virtualenv lua-yaml-dev libyaml-cpp-dev libluajit-5.1-dev libcurl4 gawk
# For DNSSEC ed25519 (algorithm 15) support with --with-libsodium
apt install libsodium-dev
# If using the gmysql (Generic MySQL) backend
apt install default-libmysqlclient-dev
# If using the gpgsql (Generic PostgreSQL) backend
apt install postgresql-server-dev-10
# If using --enable-systemd (will create the service scripts so it can be managed with systemctl/service)
apt install libsystemd0 libsystemd-dev
# If using the geoip backend
apt install libmaxminddb-dev libmaxminddb0 libgeoip1 libgeoip-dev
Then generate the configure file:
To compile a very clean version, use:
./configure --with-modules="" --without-lua --disable-lua-records
# make install
This generates a PowerDNS Authoritative Server binary with no modules built in.
See https://doc.powerdns.com/authoritative/backends/index.html for a list of available modules.
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"
Note that you will need the development headers for PostgreSQL as well in this case.
See https://doc.powerdns.com/authoritative/appendices/compiling.html for more details.
If you run into C++11-related symbol trouble, please try passing `CPPFLAGS=-D_GLIBCXX_USE_CXX11_ABI=0` (or 1) to `./configure` to make sure you are compatible with the installed dependencies.
Compiling the Recursor
See [README.md](pdns/recursordist/README.md) in `pdns/recursordist/`.
See [README-dnsdist.md](pdns/README-dnsdist.md) in `pdns/`.
Building the HTML documentation
The HTML documentation (as seen [on the PowerDNS docs site](https://doc.powerdns.com/authoritative/)) is built from ReStructured Text (rst) files located in `docs`. They are compiled into HTML files using [Sphinx](http://www.sphinx-doc.org/en/master/index.html), a documentation generator tool which is built in Python.
**Using a normal Python installation**
For those simply contributing to the documentation, this avoids needing to install the various build
tools and other dependencies.
Install Python 2.7 or Python 3 (preferable) if you don't yet have it installed. On some operating
systems you may also have to install `python3-pip` or similarly named.
Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04
apt install python3 python3-pip python3-venv
macOS (using homebrew)
brew install python3
Update your `pip` and install/update `virtualenv` to avoid problems:
# for python2, use "pip" instead of "pip3"
pip3 install -U pip
pip3 install -U virtualenv
Enter the repository's `docs` folder, set up the virtualenv, and install the requirements
# for python2, use "virtualenv .venv" instead
python3 -m venv .venv
# The virtualenv may use an older pip, so upgrade it again
pip3 install -U pip setuptools setuptools-git
# Now you can install the requirements
pip3 install -r requirements.txt
Finally, you can build the documentation:
sphinx-build . html-docs
Note: If your shell has problems finding sphinx-build, try using `.venv/bin/sphinx-build` instead.
The HTML documentation is now available in `html-docs`.
**Using the build tools**
This method is preferable for those who already have a working build environment for PowerDNS.
Install the dependencies under "COMPILING", and run autoreconf if you haven't already:
Enter the `docs` folder, and use make to build the HTML docs.
The HTML documentation will now be available in `html-docs`.
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.
The clang compiler installed through FreeBSD's package manager does not expose all of the C++11 features needed under `std=gnuc++11`. Force the compiler to use `std=c++11` mode instead.
PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through Homebrew:
brew install pdns
If you want to compile yourself, the dependencies can be installed using
Homebrew. You need to tell configure where to find OpenSSL, too.
brew install boost lua pkg-config ragel openssl
./configure --with-modules="" --with-lua PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/pkgconfig
Additionally, for PostgreSQL support, run `brew install postgresql` and add `--with-modules="gpgsql"` to `./configure`.
For MySQL support, run `brew install mariadb` and add `--with-modules="gmysql"` to `./configure`.