MAcOS X 10.9 upgrade removes BIND

Eduardo Bonsi beartcom at
Fri Oct 25 18:56:02 UTC 2013

I want to confirm what Carsten said here;

I just performed an upgrade from Snow Leopard, 10.6.8 one day before 
Yesterday. The upgrade itself went fine except for BIND and Apache.

After upgrading to OS X Mavericks, 10.9, the upgrade removed all the 
files mentioned bellow plus all the Websites on Apache configuration as 
well. OS X Mavericks no longer have the web sharing. So it is highly 
advisable to backup your BIND and Apache configuration files before 
upgrade. Fortunately I had a copy of all these files in a backup mirror 
server. So, for me was just a matter of connecting and copying all these 
files back to OS X Mavericks and set the nrdc key again.

Here is the files to backup;

Full path to the named.conf file       /etc/named.conf	
Full path to the named executable      /usr/sbin/named 	
Full path to whois command             whois 	
Full path to ndc command               ndc	
Full path to rndc command              rndc 	
Full path to rndc-confgen command      rndc-confgen
Full path to the rndc.conf file        /etc/rndc.conf	
Full path to named-checkzone command   named-checkzone	
Full path to named-checkconf command   named-checkconf	
Full path to dnssec-keygen command     dnssec-keygen 	
Full path to dnssec-signzone command   dnssec-signzone	

In addition do not forget to back-up the PID file location in your 
system whatever the PID file it is located;

Default PID file location  ———? Your location

On 10/25/13, 12:36 AM, Carsten Strotmann wrote:
> Hi BIND users on MacOS,
> it looks like the upgrade to MacOS X 10.9 "Mavericks" removes
> BIND. Early reports also indicate that the upgrade process also removes
> the BIND configuration file "/etc/named.conf" and all zonefiles in
> "/var/named". It happend on my machine, and there are reports coming in
> from other users, but I need to confirm this on a lab environment.
> The Men & Mice BIND MacOS X installers at currently fail on MacOS X
> 10.9, because /var/named is not there. I'm working on updating the Men &
> Mice packages to work on MacOS X 10.9.
> Best regards
> Carsten Strotmann
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Eduardo Bonsi
System - Network Admin
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