no more recursive clients: quota reached

Doug Barton dougb at
Fri Aug 28 16:53:37 UTC 2009

Lisa Casey wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm not really sure what to do about this. I'm running Bind 9 on
> FreeBSD.

What version of BIND, what version of FreeBSD?

> Suddenly this morning I began noticing the following in
> /var/log/messages:
> Aug 26 12:48:56 netlink named[295]: client no more
> recursive clients: quota reached
> The client in question ( is our mail server. I read that
> one should not allow recursive queries from outside of your network, but
> the mail server is within our network. Also on the mail server, the mail
> queue currently has about 40 entries. It usually has from 2 - 5 or is empty.
> Our DNS server is not heavily used, so I assumed it would be OK to
> increase the number of recursive queries allowd. In /etc/named.conf I
> inserted the following:

On FreeBSD the default location for named.conf is /etc/namedb (for
historical reasons). Have you changed the location of named.conf with
an option in /etc/rc.conf?


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