BIND slave records not updating

Derek Ragona derek at
Tue Feb 13 16:01:38 UTC 2007

I run multiple FreeBSD versions with Bind and have not had a problem with 
records being updated.  Are you properly setting the new serial numbers in 
the master record files?


At 09:47 AM 2/13/2007, Robert Fitzpatrick wrote:
>I'm not a member of any bind list, so I was hoping to be able to ask my
>question here. I have primary DNS with bind 9.2.4 on Linux servers where
>there are web GUI's for management. I keep slave records on two FreeBSD
>servers that serve as our ns1 and ns2, one is 6.1 with the bind port
>bind9-9.3.3 and it works fine. The other is FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE with
>bind9-base-9.3.4, not sure what the base difference is, can someone tell
>me? This 5.4 server is not updating when changes are made to the
>primary. I see in the logs on the primary that notifies are sent and the
>9.3.3 server, which is at a different facility, updates within minutes,
>the 5.4 machine on the local network does not. I can't find any bind log
>information in /var/log/messages on the FreeBSD servers, where would
>that be? I have to remove the '.bak' zone file and restart the bind
>process, then it brings over the new zone file as it should re-creating
>the '.bak' file. I checked the perms on all the files involved,
>comparing to the 6.1 machine. The zone files all owned by the bind
>process user.
>zone "" {
>         type slave;
>         file "slave/";
>         masters {; };
>         allow-query {; };
>esmtp# ls -lah /var/named/etc/namedb/slave/
>-rw-r--r--  1 bind  wheel   635B Feb 13 08:19 
>Again, this exact same setup on the other BSD server works perfectly.
>The allow-transfer on the primary seems to be working fine since
>deleting the zone file on the slave and restarting pulls the zone fine.
>This is our workaround for now, but a pain.
>Is there a problem with running the different bind9 versions? I can't
>really do anything about the primary server considering we rely on yum
>and recommended updates by the system repositories. So, should I keep my
>slave BSD boxes on that same version 9.2.4?
>Thanks in advance!
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