BIND 9.3.2 on FreeBSD 6.1 out of control

Matthew Schlosser mschlosser at
Mon Jan 15 22:17:27 UTC 2007

> I've often heard this type of symptom, especially on FreeBSD.  One
> common cause is that BIND9's cache cleaning (prior to 9.4) relies on
> system's malloc()/free() routines, which could run inefficiently on
> FreeBSD (I'm not really sure if it's still the case for 6.1, but it
> was at least for some 4.X versions); and one common workaround is to
> enable BIND9's internal memory allocator by rebuilding BIND9 with:
> This should be very effectively particularly for the case of cache
> cleaning because it will most likely recycle pre-allocated memory
> fragments without involving any system calls or possible-inefficient
> standard libraries.

Could this affect the problem I'm having (see message "Bind9 Crazy-high CPU
on Linux")?  The symptoms are similar, but not the same.

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