Getting an error on a very simple DNS configuration

Mark Andrews marka at
Wed Apr 8 22:10:21 UTC 2015

In message <CALMep077vBGBupjgnYLQzw2LFnk0xap8U9NMAym5MpZTqR4Wtw at>
, Steven Carr writes:
> On 8 April 2015 at 22:56, Reindl Harald <h.reindl at> wrote:
> > looks like you did not open port 53 on the servers firewall
> You're missing a whole swaythe of required declarations for BIND to be
> able to handle recursion.
"named -c /dev/null" is all that is required for named to be a
recursive server to the host running named and directly connected
networks assuming that the root servers for the network the host
is connected to are those of the Internet.  Yes, you can do additional
configuration but named will operate as a recursive server without
any configuration at all beyond giving it a empty configuration file.

> There are numerous examples via google, first one that is returned
> is...
> as-a-caching-or-forwarding-dns-server-on-ubuntu-14-04
> skip over the OS bits and focus on the BIND configuration.
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