named reload does not reload correct

Martin Moerman m.moerman at
Wed Feb 25 19:47:25 UTC 2009

First of all Jeremy thank you for answering my question.

I have mistyped the digits.. its 9.3.5-P2 ..

After hours of testing, we found out that the rndc does the check of zone files beeing changed through the modify statistics of a file (zone file). 
Their was a to big time difference between the name server and the plesk machine. 
We installed correctly NTP and all is running smooth..

To give you some answers to the questions.
we made our own mysql scripts which takes the zone files from plesk and formats them nice.
Then we rsync them to the name servers.
The name servers have them in as include file in the named.conf allready, so only thing we need to do is a 
remote ssh command named reload.

If there is a beter way, please let me know.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeremy C. Reed [mailto:Jeremy_Reed at]
Sent: Wed 2/25/2009 7:25 PM
To: Martin Moerman
Cc: bind-users at
Subject: Re: named reload does not reload correct
On Wed, 25 Feb 2009, Martin Moerman wrote:

> Hello,
> I have an issue with 9.5.3 on which I see that bind does a reload of the
> named.conf but does not reload the include files which are in named.conf

9.5.3 doesn't exist.

> Situation:
> I do an add or change of name / ip in Plesk, plesk nicely rsyncs the
> zone files to our two name servers.

So plesk transfers same content to multiple servers? (Wonder why it 
doesn't just update master and let BIND handle the secondaries.)

> nameserver 2 reloads correctly, nameserver 1 says it does a reload but
> if i test on this server the change it doesn't show up.

How does plesk tell the nameservers to reload?

Same version of BIND on both? What version(s)?

> if I do a stop / start then the change is done.
> Any ideaas , brainwaves welcome ?

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