Strange: My Bind (8.4.6) freezes randomly : Sysklogd?

Stefan Puiu stefan.puiu at
Thu Jan 11 20:27:26 UTC 2007

Hi Santiago,

I don't think I can explain things more clearly than Mark did - it's
basically a deadlock between two applications (BIND and sysklogd)
which can be broken in the two ways that Mark detailed. However, his
rant was aimed at OS/sysklogd programmers. You are probably an admin
which can't do much about the sorry state of syslog()/sysklogd.
However, one option you have is to go with syslog-ng, which provides
b) through a configuration file option:

I haven't used it in production (I'm not an admin), so you might want
to do a bit of research first. I've been told that it's quite good.

Disclaimer: I'm not involved in any way with syslog-ng. Somebody has
recommended it to me, too.


On 1/11/07, Santiago Romero <sromero at> wrote:
>   What do you mean? (Sorry, I don't understand what are you trying
> to tell me).
>   Do you mean it's an OS or sysklog bug?
>   The strange is that this problem has never happened until it
> started last 4th January 2007. Since that day, our bind freezed
> 10-15 times in a day.
>   Do you think it's a problem related with having heavy traffic
> load? Malformed queries? OS bug?
> --
> Santiago Romero
> Departamento de Sistemas
> sromero at
> Av. Primado Reig 189, entlo
> 46020 Valencia - Spain
> Telf. (+34) 96 332 12 00
> Fax. (+34) 96 332 12 01

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