named won't restart

Stacey Jonathan Marshall stacey.marshall at
Fri Nov 12 09:17:50 UTC 2010

What does /etc/init.d/named do when you run it with the restart option?
That file is not part of the BIND distribution and is likely a shell 
script so take a look and see what's its attempting to do.
I wonder if its running 'rndc stop' and not waiting for the process to 
finish up before trying to start named again.

We had similar issues when trying to convert Solaris operating 
environment RC script to SMF and alas had to resort to old signals 
(kill) to have named shut down reliably within a given time.  I should 
point out the at a 'stop' request causes named to shut down in an 
orderly fashion completing certain tasks, for some configurations that 
could take too much time.


On 11/11/2010 18:49, Carlos Vicente wrote:
> Has anybody had this problem?
> # /etc/init.d/named restart
> Stopping named: .............                              [FAILED]
> Starting named: named: already running                     [  OK  ]
> I notice it happens after the daemon has been running for a while. If I
> kill it and start it again, then restart works OK.
> This is a caching resolver, with dnssec validation enabled.
> # cat /etc/redhat-release
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.5 (Tikanga)
> # named -V
> BIND 9.7.1-P2-RedHat-9.7.1-5.P2.uopel5 built with
> '--build=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu' '--host=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu'
> '--target=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu' '--program-prefix=' '--prefix=/usr'
> '--exec-prefix=/usr' '--bindir=/usr/bin' '--sbindir=/usr/sbin'
> '--sysconfdir=/etc' '--datadir=/usr/share' '--includedir=/usr/include'
> '--libdir=/usr/lib64' '--libexecdir=/usr/libexec'
> '--sharedstatedir=/usr/com' '--mandir=/usr/share/man'
> '--infodir=/usr/share/info' '--with-libtool' '--localstatedir=/var'
> '--enable-threads' '--enable-ipv6' '--with-pic' '--disable-static'
> '--disable-openssl-version-check' '--with-gssapi=yes'
> '--disable-isc-spnego' 'build_alias=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu'
> 'host_alias=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu'
> 'target_alias=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu' 'CFLAGS= -O2 -g -pipe -Wall
> -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector
> --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64 -mtune=generic' 'CPPFLAGS=
> -fexceptions -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64
> -mtune=generic' 'FFLAGS=-O2 -g -pipe -Wall -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2
> -fexceptions -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64
> -mtune=generic'
> Thanks in advance for any pointers.
> cv
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