[arch-general] Note: Latest bind-9 update removes root.hints - fails to start with old configs

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Sat Dec 7 23:39:24 UTC 2019

On 12/7/19 12:52 AM, David C. Rankin wrote:
> All,
>   Just a note to anyone running bind-9 for name resolution, the old configs
> containing root.hints now results in named failing to start with:
> Dec 06 14:53:02 phoinix named[455]: could not configure root hints from
> 'root.hint': file not found
> Dec 06 14:53:02 phoinix named[455]: loading configuration: file not found
> Dec 06 14:53:02 phoinix named[455]: exiting (due to fatal error)




The removal of this from the pa

>   The solution is just to comment out the old dummy zone relying on root.hints
> (I'm sure I recall a note about this some time about, but now it is official).
> Quickfix:
> // zone "." IN {
> //     type hint;
> //     file "root.hint";
> // };

The bind 9.14.8-3 update removed the root.hint file and correspondingly
removed the dummy zone you have commented out in the packaged backup
file /etc/named.conf -- you should have noticed a warning from pacman
about a pacnew file.

In this case, it would seem that resolving the pacnew file is required
in order to start the updated bind package. :)

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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