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named - Internet domain name server
named [[-4] | [-6]] [-c config-file] [-d debug-level] [-D string]
[-E engine-name] [-f] [-g] [-L logfile] [-M option] [-m flag]
[-n #cpus] [-p port] [-s] [-S #max-socks] [-t directory]
[-U #listeners] [-u user] [-v] [-V] [-X lock-file]
named is a Domain Name System (DNS) server, part of the BIND 9
distribution from ISC. For more information on the DNS, see RFCs 1033,
1034, and 1035.
When invoked without arguments, named will read the default
configuration file /etc/named.conf, read any initial data, and listen
Use IPv4 only even if the host machine is capable of IPv6. -4 and
-6 are mutually exclusive.
Use IPv6 only even if the host machine is capable of IPv4. -4 and
-6 are mutually exclusive.
Use config-file as the configuration file instead of the default,
/etc/named.conf. To ensure that reloading the configuration file
continues to work after the server has changed its working
directory due to to a possible directory option in the
configuration file, config-file should be an absolute pathname.
Set the daemon's debug level to debug-level. Debugging traces from
named become more verbose as the debug level increases.
Specifies a string that is used to identify a instance of named in
a process listing. The contents of string are not examined.
When applicable, specifies the hardware to use for cryptographic
operations, such as a secure key store used for signing.
When BIND is built with OpenSSL PKCS#11 support, this defaults to
the string "pkcs11", which identifies an OpenSSL engine that can
drive a cryptographic accelerator or hardware service module. When
BIND is built with native PKCS#11 cryptography
(--enable-native-pkcs11), it defaults to the path of the PKCS#11
provider library specified via "--with-pkcs11".
Run the server in the foreground (i.e. do not daemonize).
Run the server in the foreground and force all logging to stderr.
Log to the file logfile by default instead of the system log.
Sets the default memory context options. If set to external, this
causes the internal memory manager to be bypassed in favor of
system-provided memory allocation functions. If set to fill, blocks
of memory will be filled with tag values when allocated or freed,
to assist debugging of memory problems. (nofill disables this
behavior, and is the default unless named has been compiled with
Turn on memory usage debugging flags. Possible flags are usage,
trace, record, size, and mctx. These correspond to the
ISC_MEM_DEBUGXXXX flags described in <isc/mem.h>.
Create #cpus worker threads to take advantage of multiple CPUs. If
not specified, named will try to determine the number of CPUs
present and create one thread per CPU. If it is unable to determine
the number of CPUs, a single worker thread will be created.
Listen for queries on port port. If not specified, the default is
Write memory usage statistics to stdout on exit.
This option is mainly of interest to BIND 9 developers and may
be removed or changed in a future release.
Allow named to use up to #max-socks sockets. The default value is
4096 on systems built with default configuration options, and 21000
on systems built with "configure --with-tuning=large".
This option should be unnecessary for the vast majority of
users. The use of this option could even be harmful because the
specified value may exceed the limitation of the underlying
system API. It is therefore set only when the default
configuration causes exhaustion of file descriptors and the
operational environment is known to support the specified
number of sockets. Note also that the actual maximum number is
normally a little fewer than the specified value because named
reserves some file descriptors for its internal use.
Chroot to directory after processing the command line arguments,
but before reading the configuration file.
This option should be used in conjunction with the -u option,
as chrooting a process running as root doesn't enhance security
on most systems; the way chroot(2) is defined allows a process
with root privileges to escape a chroot jail.
Use #listeners worker threads to listen for incoming UDP packets on
each address. If not specified, named will calculate a default
value based on the number of detected CPUs: 1 for 1 CPU, and the
number of detected CPUs minus one for machines with more than 1
CPU. This cannot be increased to a value higher than the number of
CPUs. If -n has been set to a higher value than the number of
detected CPUs, then -U may be increased as high as that value, but
no higher. On Windows, the number of UDP listeners is hardwired to
1 and this option has no effect.
Setuid to user after completing privileged operations, such as
creating sockets that listen on privileged ports.
On Linux, named uses the kernel's capability mechanism to drop
all root privileges except the ability to bind(2) to a
privileged port and set process resource limits. Unfortunately,
this means that the -u option only works when named is run on
kernel 2.2.18 or later, or kernel 2.3.99-pre3 or later, since
previous kernels did not allow privileges to be retained after
Report the version number and exit.
Report the version number and build options, and exit.
Acquire a lock on the specified file at runtime; this helps to
prevent duplicate named instances from running simultaneously. Use
of this option overrides the lock-file option in named.conf. If set
to none, the lock file check is disabled.
Load data from cache-file into the cache of the default view.
This option must not be used. It is only of interest to BIND 9
developers and may be removed or changed in a future release.
In routine operation, signals should not be used to control the
nameserver; rndc should be used instead.
Force a reload of the server.
Shut down the server.
The result of sending any other signals to the server is undefined.
The named configuration file is too complex to describe in detail here.
A complete description is provided in the BIND 9 Administrator
named inherits the umask (file creation mode mask) from the parent
process. If files created by named, such as journal files, need to have
custom permissions, the umask should be set explicitly in the script
used to start the named process.
The default configuration file.
The default process-id file.
RFC 1033, RFC 1034, RFC 1035, named-checkconf(8), named-checkzone(8),
rndc(8), named.conf(5), BIND 9 Administrator Reference Manual.
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