named[749]: the working directory is not writable

Doug Barton dougb at
Fri Aug 14 18:58:19 UTC 2009

joans4nz wrote:
> Hi,
> I am moving some physical machines in production to virtual machines. I
> installed a virtual machine with FreeBSD-7.2 with default Bind and I
> reveive the following message:
> What is the working directory?

The directory that by default named dumps it's writable files into.
However on FreeBSD the default installation includes directories for
everything named needs to write with appropriate permissions already,
so you can ignore that message. Just check the examples in

Making that message go away (one way or another) is on my list, but
since it's basically harmless it's not a high priority.



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