BIND 9.3.1beta2 crashing during startup

Michael Niksch nik at
Fri Jan 28 15:39:27 UTC 2005

Trying to replace a BIND 9.2.2 which has been working happily for more 
than a year with BIND 9.3.1beta2, named is crashing during startup, 
logging an error message:

> named[52958]: rbt.c:1579: INSIST(child != ((void *)0)) failed

Once, I also saw a crash at a different line in the same source file:

> named[52746]: rbt.c:1612: INSIST(child != ((void *)0)) failed

This happens on both AIX 4.3.3 and AIX 5.1. To avoid the crash, I have 
to strip down my named.conf to basically caching-only.

What is this rbt.c stuff about, and why would named crash in it?

Michael Niksch                     /Zurich/IBM @ IBMCH
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory     nik at
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