Bind: Root Hints And Named.root

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For 6.x I have both of these files in my /var/named directory, probably copied when upgraded. date inside the file is dated 2008 and named.root is from a few months ago.

Am I correct in assuming that is old and that I should be using named.root in my named.conf files? Is it SOP to use the latest from


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  • Michael McNulty writes:

    It’s not needed. The root hints are builtin in bind9. You only need the file from internic if there are changes to the root servers, which IIRC happened once in the past few years, and can’t wait until $distro updates bind.