Step 8/. Realise you don’t know wtf you’re doing to the configuration files.

qlist net-dns/bind | grep man

brings up a list of man pages.

Step 8a/. Read the man pages.

Step 8b/. Give up on man pages.

Step 9/. Look for more documentation.

eix net-dns/bind

tell you where to find the website.

Step 9a/. Read the Bind9 Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM) paying particular attention to the contents page, and in particular chapter 6 which points you towards RFC 1035. Read the examples.

Step 9b/. Understand the examples, verify your knowledge google(‘bind zone file’)[1]. {2}{3}

Step 10/.

qlist net-dns/bind | grep sbin

showed you something called




Use them wisely.


  1. apple

    Why BIND?

    The only reason (I see) to use BIND is that it is the only auth-DNS server that can do DNSSEC (which isn’t much useful now but will be required in the future).

    For local networks (and possibly for small operations), I’m currently looking at maradns.

    • bencord0

      BIND is awesome, it has all the capabilities you want from a DNS server. IMHO, the next best DNS server is from Microsoft.

      With BIND, there’s no messing with semantics of configuration files, you just write the RRs directly into zone files. None of this messing with BKN formatting, A records are A records, a simple one liner mapping to an ip.

      Also, it works and makes me happier that I know a bit more about DNS.
      Advanced topics include adding new SRV records so that VC works. Useful tricks to know from work etc. BIND is straight forward. MS-DNS has a GUI of the hirearchy, that helps to keep life understandable.

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