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I'm running Bind9 with 3 zones and 20 domain names (summary). Every day named process either crashes or just stops. Plus I really don't like its resouce consumption (more than 20M of RAM). Any ideas what can I use? I've already checked PowerDNS (which sux, because I want sane config files, not some database where I'll need to write SQL or half working BindBackend), NSD / Unbound (limited support of authoritative functionality), MaraDNS (same problem as NSD / Unbound + according to wiki page security issues and DDoS issues).

UPD: I'll try to be more specific: I need authoritative server + slpit-horizon + wildcards and configuration in plain text files. Thats it.

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Bind is one of the most used DNS servers in the world... I find it quite strange it keeps crashing on you. You should probably try finding the root cause of this problem instead of just replacing it. –  Massimo Jul 12 '11 at 6:44
    
i really should, but i'm trying the easy way first :) –  Daniel Jul 12 '11 at 7:06
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If you are so consistently crashing something as rock solid as BIND 9 why do you think some alternative is going to be any more stable? You need to fix your problems instead of trying to hide them. –  John Gardeniers Jul 12 '11 at 7:13
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I can't see how searching a replacement for BIND, learning about it strengths and weaknesses, the configuration syntax, the small and big differences compared to BIND etc.etc. can be considered the easy way. –  Sven Jul 12 '11 at 8:31
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A whole 20MB of RAM? Oh noes. As Flimzy implied, "full featured" is not an RFP-quality description; if you want a good answer, you'll need to describe your requirements in a more concrete fashion. –  womble Jul 12 '11 at 11:14

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Apart from what's been (correctly) said in the comments to your question about the questionable nature of this undertaking, Wikipedia's "Comparison of DNS Server software" page is a good starting point for feature comparisons.

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I would stick with BIND9 but make sure you are NOT using it on a "cutting edge" distro. For a stable server, stick with Debian Stable, Ubuntu LTS, or Red Hat/CentOS and install BIND9 from the distro's package manager.

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