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When installing rhel-4 I opted for dns to be installed, now when looking to configure dns I am unable to find it in "system settings/serversettings" other services are present but not dns. I have started "named" which starts on boot without error. Have tried to run the "redhat-config-bind" but nothing happens. I went to reinstall dns in "add or remove packages" but it informs me that "package not found on system - bind-devel, 9.2.4
Any help pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
The extract below was taken from the RHEL-4 reference manual. Strtange though that when I try to locate the chapter called 'BIND Configuration' in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Guide It appears not to be there.
For instructions on configuring BIND using the graphical Domain Name Service Configuration Tool (redhat-config-bind), refer to the chapter called BIND Configuration in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Guide.
If using the Domain Name Service Configuration Tool, do not manually edit any BIND configuration files as all changes are overwritten the next time the Domain Name Service Configuration Tool is used.
well personally i'd always advise going direct to the config files and not bothering with a toy configuration interface. it's very very rare those tools do *everything* you need and BIND is a big thing...
Google'd for the answer b/c I had a client ask about it and I don't have a RHEL 4 system in front of me.
http :// kbase.redhat.com/faq/FAQ_85_5433.shtm
Long story short: It states that most of the redhat-config tools became system-config in the v.4 release, BUT with the updated enhancements to BIND, the GUI tool (redhat-config-bind) fell short and they removed it. Here is the actual verbage at the very end of the KB question:
Note: redhat-config-bind utility is not available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. Bind package included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 has been updated to include new features that requires rearchitecturing the graphical utility to expose these enhancements. A future update might included a equivalent version of this tool.
Distribution: OpenBSD 4.6, OS X 10.6.2, CentOS 4 & 5
Wow, go figure! Their reasons for removing the graphical configuration seem valid (and kudos for actually removing it rather than leaving it in with crippled functionality), but not updating the documentation or providing a stub script with an error message? That's weak!
Happy BIND hacking. It can be challenging, even for those of us who have been doing it for years. These days named usually chroot's itself into /var/named, the configuration is in /var/named/etc/named.conf, and your zone files (if any) go in /var/named/master. That is, unless Red Hat did the usual Red Hatization and added some weird prefix or put it in some non-sensical place. I guess check the start-up scripts in /etc/init.d to see where it's chrooting and where it's reading it's config from.