erros on slave "server refresh: unexpected rcode (NXDOMAIN)"

Barry Margolin barmar at
Tue Jul 24 03:55:45 UTC 2012

In article <mailman.1432.1343097065.63724.bind-users at>,
 Gregory Machin <gdm at> wrote:

> Hi.
> I have a bind 9 primary server and a bind 9 secondary server, I added
> a new sub domain to the primary and as a slave zone on the secondary.
> i have obviously missed something. What does :
> named[13931]: zone refresh: unexpected rcode
> (NXDOMAIN) from master (source
> mean ??
> As far as the primary server logs goes there is nothing that indicates
> an issue .
> Thanks

This looks like it means that when the slave performs the SOA query for, the master replies with an NXDOMAIN error, 
indicating that the name doesn't exist. I think you 
have a typo in one of your named.conf files, so the zone names aren't 

Barry Margolin
Arlington, MA

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