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NAMED(8)			     BIND9			      NAMED(8)

NAME
       named - Internet	domain name server

SYNOPSIS
       named [-4] [-6] [-c config-file]	[-d debug-level] [-f] [-g] [-m flag]
	     [-n #cpus]	[-p port] [-s] [-S #max-socks] [-t directory]
	     [-u user] [-v] [-x	cache-file]

DESCRIPTION
       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/namedb/named.conf, read any initial data, and
       listen for queries.

OPTIONS
       -4
	   Use IPv4 only even if the host machine is capable of	IPv6.  -4 and
	   -6 are mutually exclusive.

       -6
	   Use IPv6 only even if the host machine is capable of	IPv4.  -4 and
	   -6 are mutually exclusive.

       -c config-file
	   Use config-file as the configuration	file instead of	the default,
	   /etc/namedb/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.

       -d debug-level
	   Set the daemon's debug level	to debug-level.	Debugging traces from
	   named become	more verbose as	the debug level	increases.

       -f
	   Run the server in the foreground (i.e. do not daemonize).

       -g
	   Run the server in the foreground and	force all logging to stderr.

       -m flag
	   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_.

       -n #cpus
	   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.

       -p port
	   Listen for queries on port port. If not specified, the default is
	   port	53.

       -s
	   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.

       -S #max-socks
	   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.

       -t directory
	   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
		  chroot jail.

       -u user
	   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).

       -v
	   Report the version number and exit.

       -x cache-file
	   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.

SIGNALS
       In routine operation, signals should not	be used	to control the
       nameserver; rndc	should be used instead.

       SIGHUP
	   Force a reload of the server.

       SIGINT, SIGTERM
	   Shut	down the server.

       The result of sending any other signals to the server is	undefined.

CONFIGURATION
       The named configuration file is too complex to describe in detail here.
       A complete description is provided in the BIND 9	Administrator
       Reference Manual.

FILES
       /etc/namedb/named.conf
	   The default configuration file.

       /var/run/named.pid
	   The default process-id file.

SEE ALSO
       RFC 1033, RFC 1034, RFC 1035, named-checkconf(8), named-checkzone(8),
       rndc(8),	lwresd(8), named.conf(5), BIND 9 Administrator Reference
       Manual.

AUTHOR
       Internet	Systems	Consortium

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2004-2008 Internet	Systems	Consortium, Inc. ("ISC")
       Copyright (C) 2000, 2001, 2003 Internet Software	Consortium.

BIND9				 June 30, 2000			      NAMED(8)

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