"rndc reconfig" vs. "rndc reload"

Matus UHLAR - fantomas uhlar at fantomas.sk
Fri Mar 16 11:09:48 UTC 2012

>On 3/16/2012 4:10 AM, Mark Pettit wrote:
>>We have an antiquated push process that copies files into the 
>> zonefile directory and then tells BIND "rndc reload".  For various 
>> reasons, "rndc reload" takes about 120 seconds to complete.  BIND is 
>> not answering queries for a very large part of that time.

>>I recently started experimenting with a different process: instead of 
>> "rndc reload" after updaing some of the zone files, I loop through 
>> the list of updated zone files and run "rndc reload<zone>" for each 
>> one.

could the push process be changed to reload each individual zone after 
it's changed?

>>This is a vast improvement, because BIND doesn't appear to ever stop 
>> answering queries.

>>However, I'm curious what I should do when an update contains both a 
>> new config file and new zone files.

as others have already mentioned, 'rndc reconfig' will rescan config 
file and load new zones. You must still reload those updated.

>>Normally a "rndc reload" would rescan the config and then scan all 
>> zone files (including the new ones), loading the new ones into 
>> memory and starting to serve them.  But obviously we want to avoid 
>> "rndc reload" at all costs.

iiuc, reload forcifullly reloads all zones from disk, without checking 
for files' timestamps (just for cases where timestamp didn't change but 
files did). That would explain the delays. loading zones is very slow, 
BIND 9.9 should make it faster.

>>I was considering doing "rndc reconfig", followed by a "rndc 
>> reload<zone>" for each of the new zones.

>>Would this work?

yes, this should work.

On 16.03.12 05:49, Jonathan Vomacka wrote:
>an rndc reload is usually for an individual zone file. If you update 
>a zone (and change the serial number) a reload will implement the new 

Well, iirc the OP's problem is that when "rndc reload" is NOT for 
individual zone file, it takes very long. The question is, if/how can 
it be made to run faster.

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