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  • [SOLVED] Configuring chrooted bind and rndc-confgen Hangs Not Generating a Key
    12/02/2015 12:47PM

    I am putting together a chrooted installation of named and ran into a problem whereby attempting to generate an rndc.key with rndc-confgen just hangs, never returning and not generating a key.

    After doing some searching I discovered that I needed to run the command as follows:

    # rndc-confgen -a -r /dev/urandom  -t /var/named/chroot
    wrote key file "/etc/rndc.key"
    wrote key file "/var/named/chroot/etc/rndc.key"

    Which generated the key file that I expected.

  • bad owner name (check-names) Error in BIND 9
    10/29/2009 10:58AM

    I added a subdomain to a zone file and when I reloaded named I noticed the following error in messages:

    Oct 29 09:31:06 master named[28254]: tabordesignbuild.com.db:59: beta_live.sampledomain.com: bad owner name (check-names)
    Oct 29 09:31:06 master named[28254]: zone sampledomain.com/IN: loading from master file sampledomain.com.db failed: bad owner name (check-names)

    We are running BIND 9 and after doing a little searching it turns out that with the default configuration for BIND 9 underscores are now verbotten.

    Evidently, if you need to include an underscore "_" in your domain name you can turn off name-checking but that seems to be overwhelmingly not recommended by the wider sysadmin community.

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