Zone redirecting...bug or noob?

David Coursey david.coursey at
Wed Feb 25 14:17:30 UTC 2004

Yup, I am doing that now thanks to a reply from Måns Nilsson.
Thank you both for your time.


::-----Original Message-----
::From: Erik Rozendaal [mailto:erik at] 
::Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 4:28 AM
::To: David Coursey
::Cc: nsd-users at
::Subject: Re: Zone redirecting...bug or noob?
::David Coursey wrote:
::> What is the *proper* way to do forwarding?   I have about 
::80 zones, but
::> 70 of them forward to other zones.  Like  and
::>    First I had it set up in the 
::nsd.zones file so
::> that both zones point to the same db file, but that caused 
::a problem. 
::> On my secondary server, I am using named-xfer to do the zone 
::> transfers. When I set up more than one of the zones to point to the 
::> same db file, the secondary server wasn't able to update 
::its zones.  
::> It would check the serial, determine what needed to be updated, 
::> download the data, and error on the rebuild.  I checked for 
::errors and 
::> couldn't find any.  So I copied the file straight from the 
::primary to 
::> the secondary and did a rebuild.  That worked flawlessly.  So 
::> something in the named-xfer messed everything up.  It only 
::errors for 
::> the zones that share a db.
::I'm not sure I understand you correctly, but I think you mean 
::you have an 
::NSD zone configuration file with something like this:
::And in the "" file you avoid using 
::absolute domain 
::names so the correct origin gets appended automatically.
::Unfortunately, that doesn't work with an AXFR.  When doing an 
::AXFR, the 
::absolute domain names are always specified.  In this case you 
::will start 
::getting errors about out-of-zone data on the secondaries.  So on the 
::secondaries you should specify something like:
::in your zone configuration file.
::I hope this makes sense...

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