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This will go over howto setup bind in a chroot enviroment. Newer versions of the bind rpm provide a bind-chroot rpm that sets some of it up for you. So I'm assuming you can install that. So here are the bind rpms I have installed on my system




You will want to install those. Now you your first step is to change the homedir of the named user that the bind rpm should have created


Here is what mine looks like by default




The bind-chroot rpm installs its dir structure in /var/named/chroot. so we need to change the /var/named section in the /etc/passwd file. You can do that by editing the file or running this command


usermod -d /var/named/chroot named


now open up the file /etc/sysconfig/named and if you see the following line.. that file is good to go




If its not there add it.. If its there but a different dir.. you want to change it.


then just startup named


service named start and you should be set.


You should see something like this in your /var/log/messages


Apr 14 19:07:16 redhost named[19195]: starting BIND 9.2.5 -u named -t /var/named/chroot


make sure -t is pointed to your chroot dir. Remember when it says reading from /etc/named.conf that really means /var/named/chroot/etc/named.conf


another quicky from J to the Y

Edited by Dungeon-Dave
Redid CODE tags for clarity

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