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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 12:06   #1
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Question: with my new dedicated server with cpanel, when I try to enable the nameserver, I get an error that named is not running. Also when restarting named from WHM or shell, it tells me that named cannot be started. What can I do?

Answer: We have seen this problem many times before, and it appears to be a bug in the installation sequence of cPanel. The problem is that for some reason, it doesn't set up /etc/named.conf, so basically the DNS server's configuration file is missing. cPanel is working to get this fixed for the new release.

For now, if you have this problem, you can resolve this by doing the following:

Create an /etc/named.conf file with the following contents:

key "rndc-key" {
algorithm hmac-md5;
secret "";

controls {
inet allow { localhost; } keys { "rndc-key"; };

zone "." {
type hint;
file "/var/named/named.ca";


Find the line in /etc/rndc.conf that contains "secret" and update the line in /etc/named.conf to be identical to that line in /etc/rndc.conf.

Restart named and run /usr/local/cpanel/cpkeyclt

This will resolve the problem. However if you are unsure how to do this, please contact support@solidrack.com, so we can do it for you.

Andre van Vliet
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