Newbie: where is the startup configuration line for BIND?

Frank Laszlo laszlof at
Fri Feb 11 19:38:15 GMT 2005

aklist_061666 wrote:

> Hi All:
> I just upgraded from freebsd 5.1 to 5.3, and I want to edit the 
> startup parameters for named so that it reads my previous config file, 
> basically I want the startup parameter to be:
> /usr/sbin/named -4 -c /etc/named.conf
> But I can't find where that command string is?
> all that is in my /etc/rc.conf is "named_enable="YES" "
> I have another file called /etc/rc.conf~ which has the line:
> "named_program="/urs/sbin/named" "
> But is that file a backup file or is it actually used?
> Or do I just need to modify that line with the parameters I want it to 
> start up with?
> Thanks!
(14:36:08) [laszlof at ritamari ~]% grep named /etc/defaults/rc.conf
named_enable="NO"               # Run named, the DNS server (or NO).
named_program="/usr/sbin/named" # path to named, if you want a different 
named_flags="-u bind"           # Flags for named

Add the approapriote lines to /etc/rc.conf and you're all set. DO NOT, I 
repeat, DO NOT EDIT /etc/defaults/rc.conf. put overrides for it in 

Frank Laszlo
System Administrator
The VonOstin Group
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