named - Internet domain name server
named [ [-4] | [-6] ] [-c config-file] [-d debug-level] [-D string] [-E engine-name] [-f] [-g] [-L logfile] [-M option] [-m flag] [-n #cpus] [-p port] [-s] [-S #max-socks] [-t directory] [-U #listeners] [-u user] [-v] [-V] [-X lock-file] [-x cache-file]
named is a Domain Name System (DNS) server, part of the BIND 9 distribution from ISC. For more information on the DNS, see RFC 1033, RFC 1034, and RFC 1035.
When invoked without arguments, named reads the default configuration file /etc/named.conf, reads any initial data, and listens for queries.
- This option tells named to use only IPv4, even if the host machine is capable of IPv6. -4 and -6 are mutually exclusive.
- This option tells named to use only IPv6, even if the host machine is capable of IPv4. -4 and -6 are mutually exclusive.
- -c config-file
- This option tells named to use config-file as its configuration file instead of the default, /etc/named.conf. To ensure that the configuration file can be reloaded after the server has changed its working directory due to to a possible directory option in the configuration file, config-file should be an absolute pathname.
- -d debug-level
- This option sets the daemon's debug level to debug-level. Debugging traces from named become more verbose as the debug level increases.
- -D string
- This option specifies a string that is used to identify a instance of named in a process listing. The contents of string are not examined.
- -E engine-name
- When applicable, this option specifies the hardware to use for
cryptographic operations, such as a secure key store used for signing.
When BIND 9 is built with OpenSSL, this needs to be set to the OpenSSL engine identifier that drives the cryptographic accelerator or hardware service module (usually pkcs11). When BIND is built with native PKCS#11 cryptography (--enable-native-pkcs11), it defaults to the path of the PKCS#11 provider library specified via --with-pkcs11.
- This option runs the server in the foreground (i.e., do not daemonize).
- This option runs the server in the foreground and forces all logging to stderr.
- -L logfile
- This option sets the log to the file logfile by default, instead of the system log.
- -M option
- This option sets the default memory context options. If set to external, the internal memory manager is bypassed in favor of system-provided memory allocation functions. If set to fill, blocks of memory are filled with tag values when allocated or freed, to assist debugging of memory problems. nofill disables this behavior, and is the default unless named has been compiled with developer options.
- -m flag
- This option turns on memory usage debugging flags. Possible flags are usage, trace, record, size, and mctx. These correspond to the ISC_MEM_DEBUGXXXX flags described in <isc/mem.h>.
- -n #cpus
- This option creates #cpus worker threads to take advantage of multiple CPUs. If not specified, named tries to determine the number of CPUs present and creates one thread per CPU. If it is unable to determine the number of CPUs, a single worker thread is created.
- -p port
- This option listens for queries on port. If not specified, the default is port 53.
- This option writes memory usage statistics to stdout on exit.
- -S #max-socks
- This option allows named to use up to #max-socks sockets. The default value is 21000 on systems built with default configuration options, and 4096 on systems built with configure --with-tuning=small.
- -t directory
- This option tells named to chroot to directory after processing the command-line arguments, but before reading the configuration file.
- -U #listeners
- This option tells named the number of #listeners worker threads to listen on, for incoming UDP packets on each address. If not specified, named calculates a default value based on the number of detected CPUs: 1 for 1 CPU, and the number of detected CPUs minus one for machines with more than 1 CPU. This cannot be increased to a value higher than the number of CPUs. If -n has been set to a higher value than the number of detected CPUs, then -U may be increased as high as that value, but no higher. On Windows, the number of UDP listeners is hardwired to 1 and this option has no effect.
- -u user
- This option sets the setuid to user after completing privileged operations, such as creating sockets that listen on privileged ports.
- This option reports the version number and exits.
- This option reports the version number and build options, and exits.
- -X lock-file
- This option acquires a lock on the specified file at runtime; this helps to prevent duplicate named instances from running simultaneously. Use of this option overrides the lock-file option in named.conf. If set to none, the lock file check is disabled.
- -x cache-file
- This option loads data from cache-file into the cache of the default view.
In routine operation, signals should not be used to control the nameserver; rndc should be used instead.
The result of sending any other signals to the server is undefined.
The named configuration file is too complex to describe in detail here. A complete description is provided in the BIND 9 Administrator Reference Manual.
named inherits the umask (file creation mode mask) from the parent process. If files created by named, such as journal files, need to have custom permissions, the umask should be set explicitly in the script used to start the named process.
- The default configuration file.
- The default process-id file.
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