Updating a Name Servers Root Hints File

Updating a Name Server s Root Hints File

2.12.1 Problem

You need to update a name server's root hints file.

2.12.2 Solution

FTP a copy of the most recent root hints file from ftp.rs.internic.net. It's called named.root, in the directory domain.

2.12.3 Discussion

The root hints file, which tells a name server the domain names and addresses of the root name servers, doesn't need to be updated often. The "current" version dates to August 1997, and the file can be slightly out-of-date without causing adverse effects. Still, you should probably check every six months or so to see if it's changed.

If you do download a new root hints file, remember to change the name of the file to whatever you have defined in your zone statement for the root hints, and then reload the name server.

2.12.4 See Also

"The Root Hints Data" in Chapter 4 and "Keeping the Root Hints Current" in Chapter 7 of DNS and BIND.

Getting Started

Zone Data

BIND Name Server Configuration

Electronic Mail

BIND Name Server Operations

Delegation and Registration


Interoperability and Upgrading

Resolvers and Programming

Logging and Troubleshooting


DNS & BIND Cookbook
DNS & BIND Cookbook
ISBN: 0596004109
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 220
Authors: Cricket Liu

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