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NAMED(8)                                      BIND9                                      NAMED(8)

       named - Internet domain name server

       named [-4] [-6] [-c config-file] [-d debug-level] [-E engine-name] [-f] [-g] [-m flag]
             [-n #cpus] [-p port] [-s] [-S #max-socks] [-t directory] [-U #listeners] [-u user]
             [-v] [-V] [-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 RFCs 1033, 1034, and 1035.

       When invoked without arguments, named will read the default configuration file
       /etc/named.conf, read any initial data, and listen for queries.

           Use IPv4 only even if the host machine is capable of IPv6.  -4 and -6 are mutually

           Use IPv6 only even if the host machine is capable of IPv4.  -4 and -6 are mutually

       -c config-file
           Use config-file as the configuration file instead of the default, /etc/named.conf. To
           ensure that reloading the configuration file continues to work 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
           Set the daemon's debug level to debug-level. Debugging traces from named become more
           verbose as the debug level increases.

       -E engine-name
           Use a crypto hardware (OpenSSL engine) for the crypto operations it supports, for
           instance re-signing with private keys from a secure key store. When compiled with
           PKCS#11 support engine-name defaults to pkcs11, the empty name resets it to no engine.

           Run the server in the foreground (i.e. do not daemonize).

           Run the server in the foreground and force all logging to stderr.

       -m flag
           Turn 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
           Create #cpus worker threads to take advantage of multiple CPUs. If not specified,
           named will try to determine the number of CPUs present and create one thread per CPU.
           If it is unable to determine the number of CPUs, a single worker thread will be

       -p port
           Listen for queries on port port. If not specified, the default is port 53.

           Write memory usage statistics to stdout on exit.
                  Note: This option is mainly of interest to BIND 9 developers and may be removed
                  or changed in a future release.

       -S #max-socks
           Allow named to use up to #max-socks sockets.
                  Warning: This option should be unnecessary for the vast majority of users. The
                  use of this option could even be harmful because the specified value may exceed
                  the limitation of the underlying system API. It is therefore set only when the
                  default configuration causes exhaustion of file descriptors and the operational
                  environment is known to support the specified number of sockets. Note also that
                  the actual maximum number is normally a little fewer than the specified value
                  because named reserves some file descriptors for its internal use.

       -t directory
           Chroot to directory after processing the command line arguments, but before reading
           the configuration file.
                  Warning: This option should be used in conjunction with the -u option, as
                  chrooting a process running as root doesn't enhance security on most systems;
                  the way chroot(2) is defined allows a process with root privileges to escape a
                  chroot jail.

       -U #listeners
           Use #listeners worker threads to listen for incoming UDP packets on each address. If
           not specified, named will use the number of detected CPUs. If -n has been set to a
           higher value than the number of CPUs, then -U may be increased as high as that value,
           but no higher.

       -u user
           Setuid to user after completing privileged operations, such as creating sockets that
           listen on privileged ports.
                  Note: On Linux, named uses the kernel's capability mechanism to drop all root
                  privileges except the ability to bind(2) to a privileged port and set process
                  resource limits. Unfortunately, this means that the -u option only works when
                  named is run on kernel 2.2.18 or later, or kernel 2.3.99-pre3 or later, since
                  previous kernels did not allow privileges to be retained after setuid(2).

           Report the version number and exit.

           Report the version number and build options, and exit.

       -x cache-file
           Load data from cache-file into the cache of the default view.
                  Warning: This option must not be used. It is only of interest to BIND 9
                  developers and may be removed or changed in a future release.

       In routine operation, signals should not be used to control the nameserver; rndc should be
       used instead.

           Force a reload of the server.

           Shut down the server.

       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.

       RFC 1033, RFC 1034, RFC 1035, named-checkconf(8), named-checkzone(8), rndc(8), lwresd(8),
       named.conf(5), BIND 9 Administrator Reference Manual.

       Internet Systems Consortium

       Copyright © 2004-2009, 2011, 2013 Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. ("ISC")
       Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2003 Internet Software Consortium.

BIND9                                      May 21, 2009                                  NAMED(8)

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