spammed by "no addrs found for root NS H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET"

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Tue Oct 1 23:46:29 UTC 2002

Dave Morse wrote:

> I'm getting a LOT of log messages from bind, and I can't figure out why.
> With "named 8.3.3-REL-NOESW", when it starts, /var/log/daemon.log gets
> spammed with
>   Sep 30 13:31:12 ork-intranet named[12710]: sysquery: no addrs found for
> It does this for all the root servers, A through M, and writes these
> messages thousands of times for up to 30 seconds.  During this time named
> isn't really working, probably because its so frothy to write these messages
> to disk.  Named.conf has:
>    // prime the server with knowledge of the root servers
>    zone "." {
>          type hint;
>         file "/etc/bind/db.root";
>    };
> and /etc/bind/db.root looks like the latest to me, its md5sum is
> cffd2baffb5af8411b011fac3ab5d670.  TCP/IP seems to be working just dandily
> at the moment.  After spamming a bit, bind settles down and starts resolving.
> I am wondering why it wants to write these messages?

Are there A records in your hints file (why don't you just post your hints file;
it's not that big)?

Do you actually have connectivity to the Internet? If you're completely behind
proxies, you shouldn't be putting the addresses of Internet root nameservers in
your hints file.

- Kevin

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