#85 Webmin lists DNS zones but they are all have 0 records

Webmin (9)

I have a CentOS 5.3 server running BIND 9.3.6 and webmin 1.520. What I am trying to accomplish is a frontend where I can add/modify DNS records rather than manually editing the files. I would also like for it to transfer from the master to the slave.

I have installed Webmin and in the BIND section I have it displaying all the zones, however every zone has 0 records. For example it shows domain.com (In view external-in) and when I go in there I have 0 records. When I manually edit the file it shows the records.

I believe the location of important files are as follows

chroot = /var/named/chroot
zone files = /var/named/chroot/var/named/db_files_external
named.conf = /var/named/chroot/etc

There are no useful errors in /var/webmin/miniserv.error

When I create a new master zone in webmin it is able to see the records that it creates. The file it creates is in /var/named/chroot/var/named. The file name is domain.com.internal-in.hosts and does have the records in it.

All of my existing records are in /var/named/chroot/var/named/db_files_external. They are named like db.domain.com.

I tried changing the module configuration to look for zone files in /var/named/db_files_external because it was set to /var/named/ which is where it created my test zone but this did not help the existing zones.


  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-11-29

    It sounds like the chroot directory might not be set correctly. Make sure that on the Module Config page the chroot path is set to something like /var/named/chroot , and all the other paths are set *relative* to this. For example, the "Path to named.conf" would be like /etc/named.conf

  • ThorinOak

    ThorinOak - 2010-11-29

    the chroot directory is already set to /var/named/chroot. I changed it so named.conf was relative but did not see any change, I don't know if I need to reset something.

    In webmin:
    The directory for my master zone files is /var/named
    Full path to named.conf: /etc/named.conf

    I have tried multiple things to get it to detect the right settings, I don't understand why it sees the domains but doesn't see the records in each zone.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-11-29

    In your named.conf file, what do the "file" directives that specify the paths to zone files look like?

  • ThorinOak

    ThorinOak - 2010-11-29

    file "db_files_external/db.domain.com";

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-11-30

    Interesting, it looks like Webmin isn't converting that to an absolute path correctly. In your /etc/named.conf file, do you have a "directory" line, and if so what does it contain?

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