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When I try to start named on my OS 10.7.3 machine, with the following command:

launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.isc.named.plist

... I get this error message:

launchctl: no plist was returned for: /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.isc.named.plist
nothing found to load

What am I doing wrong?

In the absense of getting the above to work, I can start named manually, like so: sudo /usr/sbin/named ... but that's rather crude, isn't it?

What do I need to do go get launchctl working with named?

Also, the contents of my org.isc.named.plist file is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
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Double check that there is actually a file named org.isc.named.plist in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons.

If there is, can you list the contents?

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Thanks for the reply!! I've added the contents of org.isc.named.plist to my OP for you - thanks again. – CS. Apr 24 '12 at 15:46
what are the files permissions set as? – dhempler Apr 25 '12 at 11:55
That was it! (Permissions) They were set to 600, when everything else in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons was set to 644. A simple chmod 644 org.isc.named.plist and it now starts automatically when I reboot - Thanks Dennis! – CS. Apr 25 '12 at 21:12

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