Debian/Ubuntu: Why was the service renamed from bind9 to named?

Ondřej Surý ondrej at
Wed Apr 15 08:15:09 UTC 2020


the default and preferred init system on both Debian and Ubuntu is systemd,
and the unit has proper Alias, so it is recognized also under "bind9" name.

The sysv-rc script doesn’t have the capability of aliases, so unfortunately, there’s
a downfall from the renaming, but it would not make sense to have a different name
for different init systems. If you are using sysvinit, the choice and the suffering that
comes from that choice is all yours.

The renaming was done as it was a logical choice, the service is starting a daemon,
and not a package, and daemon name is `named`. Also it is the name used by RPM
based systems and Arch Linux and Gentoo, so it was also made to make BIND 9 packages
in Debian/Ubuntu more unified with rest of the Linux world.

Ondřej Surý
ondrej at

> On 15 Apr 2020, at 08:51, Klaus Darilion <klaus.darilion at> wrote:
> Hello!
> What is the rationale of:
> bind9 (1:9.13.6-1) experimental; urgency=medium
> ...
>  * Rename the init scripts to named to match the name of the daemon
> Since years, Debian and Ubuntu User, and plenty of scripts and automation software (Puppet ...), know that the service is called "bind9". I think it is very confusing and will cause lots of headaches once Ubuntu 18.04 or Debian 11 is released.
> So I really do not understand this renaming.
> The software is "Bind 9". The package is "bind9". The service for long time was "bind9". The config is in /etc/bind. Only the binary is named. So it would have made more sense to rename the binary. (actually the binary is not so important for end users: they install the package and manage the service and usually do not have to worry about the name of the binary).
> It would be great if you undo this change before release of 18.04.
> regards
> Klaus
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