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named - Internet domain name server
named [-4] [-6] [-c config-file] [-d debug-level] [-E engine-name] [-f]
[-g] [-m flag] [-n #cpus] [-p port] [-s] [-S #max-socks]
[-t directory] [-U #listeners] [-u user] [-v] [-V]
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.
Use a crypto hardware (OpenSSL engine) for the crypto operations it
supports, for instance re-signing with private keys from a secure
key store. When compiled with PKCS#11 support engine-name defaults
to pkcs11, the empty name resets it to no engine.
Run the server in the foreground (i.e. do not daemonize).
Run the server in the foreground and force all logging to stderr.
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.
Note: 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.
Warning: 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.
Warning: 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
Use #listeners worker threads to listen for incoming UDP packets on
each address. If not specified, named will use all of the worker
threads for this purpose; the -U option allows the number to be
decreased but not increased.
Setuid to user after completing privileged operations, such as
creating sockets that listen on privileged ports.
Note: 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 setuid(2).
Report the version number and exit.
Report the version number and build options, and exit.
Load data from cache-file into the cache of the default view.
Warning: 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), lwresd(8), named.conf(5), BIND 9 Administrator Reference
Internet Systems Consortium
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Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2003 Internet Software Consortium.
BIND9 May 21, 2009 NAMED(8)