[CentOS] named issue

eric at austinconventioncenter.com eric at austinconventioncenter.com
Wed Sep 27 13:12:00 UTC 2006

> On Tue, September 26, 2006 5:02 pm, Ivan Arteaga wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have installed centos 4.3, it has been working fine but today I
>> couldn't
>> use the dns service. I try to check the named status and got the
>> following
>> :
>> rndc: Couldn't find server 'localhost': Name or service not known
>> I will appreciate any help, it is a production box and i have to fix it
>> asap.
>> Regards,
> a google of that error: "rndc: Couldn't find server 'localhost'" returned
> the following results.
> http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=rndc%3A+Couldn%27t+find+server+%27localhost%27&btnG=Google+Search
> The following post on an HP forum might be a good place to start.
> http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1059550&admit=-682735245+1159359553423+28353475
> however, without any more information that just the error message there
> isn't much else we can offer you.
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> Mark
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Ran into the same exact issue - run rndc-confgen
and put the key in your named.conf file. You may also need to comment out
the caching only config if you are using it. and also the line:
include /etc/rndc.key as well
when you run rndc-confgen, it will gen a new key and the output will have
the syntax and directions to use the new key.

For example:
You will put the following in named.conf:
 key "rndc-key" {
       algorithm hmac-md5;
       secret "YourNewly-genned-rndc-key-here";

 controls {
       inet port 953
               allow {; } keys { "rndc-key"; };
restart named after making the changes

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