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“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Deadwood is MaraDNS 2.0’s recursive resolver. As part of MaraDNS, it is open-source, released under a BSD-style license. Its goal is to be tiny—it is the smallest cross-platform currently maintained DNS server.

Deadwood is a complete from-the-ground rewrite of MaraDNS’ recursive DNS server, sharing no code with MaraDNS. The design is by and large the same (for example, the notes in the PDF document The Hitchhiker’s Guide to DNS cache poisoning about MaraDNS 1.3.07 also apply to Deadwood), except that Deadwood does not use threads.

The current stable version of Deadwood can be downloaded from the “Stable” directory. Some other resources, including documentation are also available.

Here is a listing of files here:

Mar-29-2015 browse-source
Mar-29-2015 doc
Mar-29-2015 historic
Mar-29-2015 patches
Feb-21-2015 snap
Mar-29-2015 stable
Mar-29-2015 TCC
Mar-29-2015 testing
Mar-29-2015 tiny

IMPORTANT: Like MaraDNS, I do not support Deadwood via private email.

The "stable" directory has the most recent release of Deadwood.

The .tar.bz2 file is the CentOS 5 and Windows source code; the .zip file is the Windows 7 binary.

There is a supplied document (Vista.txt) that describes one way to get Deadwood to run in Vista and Windows 7.

The "tiny" directory has an older outdated version of Deadwood which is only supported for security updates with CVE numbers. This version will stop being supported on June 21, 2016.

Deadwood 3.2 is MaraDNS 2.0's recursive resolver.