About half of the 7 FreeBSD systems I run exhibit a very annoying behavior that I have not pinned down yet as to why and how to correct it.
I reboot. Soon, I find that bind isn't running. It runs as a low-priority process and is owned by bind so it needs to have write permission in /var/named. When I do ls -ld on /var/named, it's owned by root. As I said, several systems do this and several more don't and they are all running FreeBSD6.2 except for one which is FreeBSD5.x. I originally used the stock /etc/rc.d start script for named. After getting the chown surprise on a key system, I hard-coded a 4-line script that just starts bind no matter what. It seemed to work so I was happy even though that is not a proper fix. After our master DHCP server played the chown prank on me yesterday, I added a fifth line to the hard-wire script to chown -R bind:bind /var/named. I guess the switcheroo happens after rc calls that script for I still had a dead bind until I changed it back and started it manually. Some other systems never do the switch and my test box, of course, is one of those so I can't fix what isn't broken. It seems like the boxes that do this are inversely proportional to their importance. Our master DNS did this to me this evening after a reboot so I am asking for an explanation of what I have done wrong to cause this to happen. I even did a sh -x /etc/rc/named and got kind of lost in rc.subr procedures and never saw the attempted switch of ownership. Thank you for any pointers to documentation that explains this as many of the systems in question are up for a year or more at times and we don't get to diagnose their boot process that often. When something fails to start, it's one of those SURPRISE!'s we'd all rather not have when in a hurry to get key systems back running again. Martin McCormick WB5AGZ Stillwater, OK Systems Engineer OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"