Starting bind 9.16.x with systemctl fails

Anand Buddhdev anandb at
Thu Jul 9 10:23:35 UTC 2020

On 09/07/2020 12:08, Adrian van Bloois wrote:

Hi Adrian,

Run "journalctl -u named" to see any systemd logs for this unit. Also 
look in /var/log/messages to see what (if anything) BIND has logged to 
syslog. Finally, you would help yourself and everyone else to help you 
better if you show your systemd unit file with "systemctl cat named". 
No-one can read your mind or see your system configuration so we can't 
help you until we can see more details.


> When I start bind 9.16.x with systemctl I get:
> Failed to start named.service: Unit is not loaded properly: Bad message.
> See system logs and 'systemctl status named.service' for details.
> I get no messages in the logs.
> Systemctl status named.service says:
> * named.service - Berkeley Internet Name Domain (DNS)
>     Loaded: error (Reason: Bad message)
>     Active: inactive (dead)
> These messages are not very helpful, any ideas???

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