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One of the dedicated servers that I have does not seem to have the service 'named' functional:

root@server2 [~]# service named start
Locating /var/named/chroot//etc/named.conf failed:

Note that the double slashes (//) ARE part of the output as well as the long gap before [FAILED] appears.

This 'named' service not being functional is not a problem which is preventing the server / the application on it from working, but I'm wondering if this is a serious issue?

There are entries in /etc/resolv.conf though.

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Are you intending on using the machine as a DNS server? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 11 '10 at 10:16
Hi Ignacio - no, not at all... – siliconpi Oct 11 '10 at 10:24
Unless you're using it as a name server, you don't need named. I suspect it was just never installed because it's not needed. Ignacio, you might post that as an answer to Matt can accept it. – CarlF Oct 11 '10 at 12:19
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Quoting from the Linux Documentation Project on,
Security Quick-Start HOWTO for Red Hat Linux:
Step 1: Which services do we really need?

BIND (named) - This often is installed by default, but is only really needed if you are an authoritative name server for a domain. If you are not sure what this means, then you definitely don't need it.
BIND is probably the number one crack target on the Internet.
BIND is often used though in a "caching" only mode.
This can be quite useful, but does not require full exposure to the Internet.
In other words, it should be restricted or firewalled.

And, if you really want to use a caching DNS, I guess BIND 9 should also be checked.

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No, not at all in this case... so I guess the failed message is good enough for me! – siliconpi Oct 11 '10 at 15:32

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