Disabling DNS

Leslie Jensen leslie at eskk.nu
Tue Apr 20 14:06:37 UTC 2010

On 2010-04-20 15:41, peter at vfemail.net wrote:
> I can change named_enable="YES" to named_enable="NO" in the /etc/rc.conf file.  Should I delete the following line from the /etc/rc.conf file that says:
>       named_flags="-u bind -g bind"
> or is it fine to leave it?
> -------
> At 08:43 AM 4/20/2010, Michael Powell wrote:
>> peter at vfemail.net wrote:
>>> I have a FreeBSD server that, among other things, used to provide DNS for
>>> a handful of domain names and a small network.  All DNS is now provided by
>>> new machines.  On the old machine, DNS starts when the machine boots, and
>>> bind continues to run lots of useless named and named-xfer processes
>>> throughout the day.  How do I turn off the DNS processes on the old
>>> machine and stop it from starting every time the machine boots?
>> Look for named_enable="YES" in /etc/rc.conf and change the "YES" to "NO".
>> This is for the standard built-in Bind. If some other way to start has been
>> scripted manually, in say /etc/rc.local you'll need to look there. The third
>> possibility is if some add on version from ports has been installed the
>> start up script location should be in /usr/local/etc/rc.d - if this is the
>> case and it utilizes the standard rc.subr startup system the first thing
>> mentioned above should have taken care of it. If there is some other kind of
>> manually created hard-coded script in /etc/local/etc/rc.d it will either
>> need to be deleted or chmod to not execute.
>> -Mike

I would suggest that you remove both lines.

named is off by default in /etc/defaults/rc.conf


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