named startup problems upgrading from 7.1p4 to 7.1p5 or 7.1p6

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sun Jun 28 12:14:03 UTC 2009

Ian wrote:
> Hi, I've been meaning to sort this out since the release of 7.1p5, but only 
> just got around to it - I have an installation of 7.1 that runs bind and has 
> been working fine up until I tried to update the system to 7.1p5 (using 
> freebsd-update). As soon as I apply the update & reboot, named loads but the 
> startup script hangs.
> If I press Ctrl+C, the system continues to boot. If I then run /etc/rc.d/named 
> start, named starts, but again the script hangs. I can do DNS lookups while 
> named is running, so it seems to be functioning ok.
> I tried adding various echo statements to /etc/rc.d/named and found that the 
> script seems to run right through. The hang occurs where /etc/rc.subr echoes 
> out "Starting named" after the named script has run and that's where things 
> seem to stop! Nothing else that is started by the rc.d scripts hangs, so I'm 
> guessing  /etc/rc.subr is ok.
> I did a diff of /etc/rc.d/named before & after the upgrade from p4 to p5 (or 
> p6 which has the same issue) and there are no changes to the file.
> Nothing seems to be logged anywhere that shows a problem, so I really have no 
> idea what to check next.
> The only named entry in rc.conf is named_enable="YES". Doing a freebsd-update 
> rollback restores normal operation and given that bind actually loads 7 seems 
> to work apart fromthe hanging script, I suspect there's nothing wrong with my 
> bind configuration. 
> Any suggestions?

Are you sure it's not the thing which starts immediately *after* named that is
hanging?  Try running:

   # rcorder /etc/rc.d/* /usr/local/etc/rc.d/* 

and see what should come next.  Note this command shows the order in which
all of the rc scripts in those directories would run, not just the ones you have
enabled in rc.conf, so you may well have to skip a few lines until you get to
something that is enabled.



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