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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

    Named error


    Detected an error in /var/ log/messages - "Named: the working directory is not writable". I found a solution: change the owner of the directory /var/named/etc/namedb to user/group bind:

    # chown bind: bind /var/named/etc/namedb

    then the error disappeared.

    Since I am not a professional in the administration of FreeBSD I had two questions:

    1. Not there be any problems after the change of ownership /var/named/etc/namedb?
    2. Named for why not a separate log file, and the messages are written to the log "messages"?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    You can ignore this error in FreeBSD. The error will come back and the only way to change it is modifying the source code in /usr/src

    If you want a separate log file you have to set a logging clause in your named.conf

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Thanks for the reply.

    Gone is the day, but no errors (there were several reboots). If you are in the future, I will not pay attention to her.

    A separate log file for Bind, I added the instructions here: (in Russian).

    Brief Instructions:
    Add to /etc/syslog.conf:
    *.* /var/log/named.log

    #touch /var/log/named.log
    #chown bind:bind /var/log/named.log
    #/etc/rc.d/syslogd restart
    Restart Named

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    GMT +7.00
    More general way would be to update named.conf and add something like this:

      channel simple_log {
        file "/var/log/named/bind.log" versions 3 size 5m;
        severity warning;
        print-time yes;
        print-severity yes;
        print-category yes;
      category default{
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