misc/134616: named[32238]: the working directory is not writable

Wouter Snels nospam at ofloo.net
Sun May 17 15:00:07 UTC 2009

>Number:         134616
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       named[32238]: the working directory is not writable
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Sun May 17 15:00:06 UTC 2009
>Originator:     Wouter Snels
>Release:        FreeBSD 7.2 amd64
FreeBSD narf.ofloo.net 7.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE #0: Fri May 15 22:55:39 CEST 2009     ofloo at narf.ofloo.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/OFL  amd64
When restarting i always get this error in my log that the working directory of named wasn't writable, .. so i chown the /var/named directory to bind, .. but i noticed that after restarting the daemon that the permissions where set back to what they where.

instead of making such fixes:

directory           "/etc/namedb/letskeepthisdirwriteable";

it might be more reasonable to change, BIND.chroot.dist to use bind instead of root user.
restart the bind daemon
# $FreeBSD: src/etc/mtree/BIND.chroot.dist,v 2009/04/15 03:14:26 kensmith Exp $
# Please see the file src/etc/mtree/README before making changes to this file.

/set type=dir uname=root gname=wheel mode=0755 << change uname=bind

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